Julian Johnson Lawyers WEST AUSTRALIA’S LEADING MEDICAL LAW FIRM
“Putting the pieces together”
Areas of Medicine
Always a hot topic in medical litigation. Claims handled involve cerebral palsy claims, other birth injury claims, as well as maternal injury claims.
Accident & Emergency
The first point of contact for those in urgent need. With a host of common time-critical medical problems, any delay or error can have profound consequences.
The cornerstone of our health-care system and unfortunately, an area of medicine in which claims often arise, most commonly for failure to further investigate or refer for specialist advice.
An emerging key area of practice. Tragically, an area in which surgery, often portrayed as simple, risk-free and effective, can have devastating consequences.
We have and continue to handle large numbers of case, involving lap band, sleeve gastrectomy and other weight-loss surgery.
For reasons that I have never worked out, one of our most common area of claims over the years.
Often cases hinge on poor communication: inadequate warnings, discussion of alternatives etc.
Orthopaedics + Neurosurgery
A traditionally high volume area of surgical claims. Claims are frequently seen and handled involving poor advice, technical proficiency and management of post-operative complications (infection and DVT particularly).
Increasing reliance on imaging and the volume of work faced by radiologists, result, perhaps inevitably, in errors of analysis and reporting.
The blurring of lines between surgeon and radiologist in interventional radiology is also a recurrent area of claims.
An emerging area of work, with growing recognition of mental health and limits in available resources.
Cases include mis-diagnosis, poor management of medication and failure to identify and ‘protect’ at-risk patients, sometimes with tragic consequences
Always an emotive and complex area of work. Claims relating to delay in diagnosis and treatment of most common (and some very uncommon) forms of cancer, sadly arise far more often than they should.
Apart from the areas above, we have handled and are handling a huge number of claims, covering areas such as cardiology, gastroenterology, cosmetic surgery and nursing care. Allied health care claims have included claims relating to physiotherapy, occupational therapy and naturopathy.
WA's Court of Appeal has now handed down its decision in the case brought on behalf of Sunday Mabior, the young 16-month-old child who suffered burns and then medical care at Princess Margaret Hospital, almost 14 years ago, in December 2005. Sunday's claim succeeded...
I noticed with interest and some concern, recent media attention (see for example and a Herald Sun story in mid-May) concerning the number of Australians travelling to Asia to undergo cosmetic surgery. According to a recent report, this may be 15,000 patients a year....
I today presented a paper at conference providing a review of 10 recent Australian medical law cases since January 2016, which I found interesting. Cases reviewed were: Coote, Bigg, Morocz, Westcott, Martin, Pierce, Sorbello, McManus and Stefanyszyn and Wright....
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