While you’re in hospital, you should be focused on recovery, not worrying about whether your doctor knows what they’re doing. If you’ve suffered from medical negligence during a hospital visit, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

Do I have a hospital negligence claim?

Under Australian law, medical practitioners and healthcare providers have a duty of care to their patients. That means they’re obliged to provide a reasonable standard of treatment, at the level of a competent professional.

Failure to exercise reasonable skill or care might result in misdiagnosis or doctor error, miscommunication by hospital staff, inadequate monitoring, or any number of other situations.

However, medical negligence (also known as medical malpractice) is not caused by a simple breach of this duty of care. In order for a compensation claim to be successful, the negligence must also have caused harm beyond the original injury or illness.

Medical malpractice is a complex area of law, and it can be difficult to understand medical and legal liability and causation, particularly in a busy hospital setting. Proving hospital negligence, to a degree which results in a successful compensation claim, can seem like an insurmountable task when you’re already dealing with injury or illness.

What’s My Claim Worth advisors can help you clarify your situation, understand the compensation options available to you and their value, and connect you with a lawyer specialising in hospital negligence.

How much is my hospital negligence claim worth?

Every medical malpractice case is different, so there’s no single compensation figure applied to all. You can discuss your case with a What’s My Claim Worth advisor for a confidential assessment and valuation estimate.

A hospital negligence claim could include compensation for:

  • Expenses for treatment and care
  • Loss of earnings, both incurred and projected into the future
  • Distress and suffering

Depending on your situation, there may be other compensation types available to you, your carers, or your dependents.

All medical practitioners in Australia are covered by professional indemnity insurance, so your compensation will be paid by an insurance company rather than the hospital, or healthcare practitioners.

How can What’s My Claim Worth help me?

When you’ve suffered injury or illness as a result of hospital negligence, you should be focused on recovery, not worried about whether a lawyer can help you, or whether you can afford one.

Your expert adviser at What’s My Claim Worth can help you understand your legal situation in simple terms, explain the options available to you, and estimate the value of the compensation you’re entitled to. What’s My Claim Worth will connect you with an appropriate lawyer who specialises in cases like yours. Our legal partners operate under a No Win, No Fee guarantee, meaning you’re free to choose the path that’s right for you without any financial stress.