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Patient awarded $450,000 following failure to administer troponin blood tests
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Patient awarded $450,000 following failure to administer troponin blood tests

The Plaintiff experienced a sudden onset of excruciating pain to her chest radiating to her left arm and was taken to the Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department for assessment. While the Hospital’s assessment of the Plaintiff involved a number of aspects, it did not include the administration of a series of blood tests designed to measure the level of a particular protein complex called ‘troponin’ in the blood....

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Patient unsuccessful in claim alleging GP failed to warn against reaction to cryotherapy procedure
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Patient unsuccessful in claim alleging GP failed to warn against reaction to cryotherapy procedure

Background On 19 March 2018, Mr Cowie (‘the patient’) underwent a cryotherapy procedure, being the use of liquid nitrogen, to remove some keratosis on his bottom lip (‘the procedure’). The procedure was performed by Dr Quinn. On 6 April 2018, more than 17 days after the procedure, the patient and his wife went on a holiday interstate when he claimed that his lips became very sore, swollen, ulcerated and extremely painful....

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Medical negligence rotator cuff injury claim fails
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Medical negligence rotator cuff injury claim fails

The plaintiff’s arm had been dislocated by a horse bite. The plaintiff alleged that the defendants each breached their duty of care to her by failing to order imaging to identify a rotator cuff injury, failing to refer her to an orthopaedic specialist, and failing to advise her as to proper care for her shoulder. The plaintiff alleged that by reason of the defendants’ failures, her treatment ...

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Patient unsuccessful in negligence claim against GP for alleged failure to refer for specialist medical treatment earlier
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Patient unsuccessful in negligence claim against GP for alleged failure to refer for specialist medical treatment earlier

Background Mr Elysee (‘the patient’) was a patient at Bankstown Medical Centre over a period of about 10 years. He had a complex combination of conditions and saw many doctors over that time. During the time when he was attending Bankstown Medical Centre he was diagnosed with diabetes and had a number of other health complaints including high blood pressure and poor renal function. In ...

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Informed consent and usual practice of doctors
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Informed consent and usual practice of doctors

On 21 January 2013, the plaintiff jumped from the balcony of a second storey building, intending to land in the swimming pool below. Unfortunately, he missed the pool and suffered comminuted fractures to the calcaneal bones in each ankle. He was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital (the defendant’s hospital), where he was treated conservatively. He was discharged five days later, and subsequently ...

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Peer Professional Opinion Defence Rejected Again
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Peer Professional Opinion Defence Rejected Again

Mr Frangie (the Deceased) suffered a heart attack at home. He was taken to Liverpool Hospital where, following investigations, it was found he had suffered a ST elevation myocardial infarct (STEMI). As it was likely that the Deceased had been suffering the heart attack for at least a day prior to attending hospital, his late presentation suggested that his prognosis was poor. He was discharged after 5 days, on 18 November 2016, but died at home on 21 November 2016....

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Failure to warn gives rise to wrongful birth claim: Nouri v Australian Capital Territory [2018] ACTSC

Saba Nouri was born on 3 November 2011 to the plaintiffs with severe disabilities. Saba’s disabilities were characterised as VACTERL association – a collection of vertebral, anorectal, cardiac, tracheo-oesophageal, oesophageal, renal and limb abnormalities. The plaintiffs submitted that the hospital should have informed them about concerns for Saba’s health that arose during the pregnancy....

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Hospital, obstetrician sued for negligence after stillbirth of baby

Background On 13 January 2011, KS was admitted to Calvary Private Hospital. She was a patient of Dr Foote, an obstetrician and gynaecologist, and was pregnant with her first child. By 13 January 2011 the baby was one week overdue and it had been agreed that KS would be induced. After arriving at hospital at about 4:30 pm, she was attached to a foetal heart rate monitor. By 4.58 pm abnormalities ...

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Peer professional opinion and irrationality

In South Western Sydney Local Health District v Gould [2018] NSWCA 69, the NSW Court of Appeal overturned the District Court decision in which the appellant had been found liable in negligence for the treatment of an 8 year old boy’s open fracture to his left thumb – specifically, for failing to administer an additional antibiotic drug (gentamicin). Ultimately, the boy developed osteomyelitis and gangrene in his thumb, which consequently required amputation....

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GP Obstetrician's conduct not widely accepted practice

Background At 8:25am on 24 August 2009, Cooper’s mother was induced and progressed normally until she reached full dilatation at 8:40pm. There had been no recorded foetal head movements from 4:30pm, and there was clinical evidence of disproportion between the foetal head and maternal pelvis. At 8:45pm she had entered the second stage of labour. She was pushing with each contraction and there was no sign of foetal distress....

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Competent professional practice does not require evidence of “a practice”

In Sparks v Hobson; Gray v Hobson [2018] NSWCA 29, the Plaintiff suffered from Noonan Syndrome, a genetic disorder that prevents normal development in various parts of the body. Due to this disorder, his ability to fill his lungs with air, and hence to breathe, was restricted. Surgery to correct this problem was arranged to take place in two stages. The first operation was successful. The second ...

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Liability of hospital for actions of a misbehaving patient

A B v Australian Capital Territory [2018] ACTSC 18 is a decision of the Supreme Court of the ACT which considers the liability of a hospital following the abuse and assault of the plaintiff by another patient who was affected by, at least, alcohol and admitted to the same ward. The plaintiff had suffered a PTSD as a result. The plaintiff alleged that the abuse and assault only took place because ...

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