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            We know that there is disparity in women’s health care, treatment, and support. We are committed to improving the lives of women and strongly advocating for their wellbeing.  That is why we take a stand and hold medical professionals accountable when medical care falls short of expected standards by delivering the best outcome in medical negligence claims affecting women.

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            We understand you may feel let down because you have experienced inadequate or negligent care and treatment in a hospital or medical facility. Your wellbeing is most important to us and we are committed to supporting you with compassion and holding medical professionals accountable for breach of duty and negligent care.

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            Experiencing poor or adverse outcomes from allied health treatment can be distressing and life changing. We are here to support you through your claim and it is our aim to hold allied health professionals accountable for their breach of care by delivering the outcome you deserve to your negligence claims.

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            Your well-being is important to us, and we’re here to support you every step of the way.

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            If you have been injured because of someone else’s negligence, our specialist team of Personal Injury Lawyers is here to support you with compassion and understanding providing you with the right advice. Our team has substantial experience and expertise in these matters to deliver the outcomes you deserve from your claim.

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            We are here to support you and give you the clarity, guidance and the right legal advice if you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident. Our compassionate team of professionals in Personal Injury law have the technical expertise and a wealth of experience to win you the compensation you deserve.

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            Our specialist team in Personal Injury law is here to support you in accessing proper compensation if you have been injured because of someone else’s negligence. We have cutting edge expertise and experience in public liability claims to deliver the outcome you deserve.

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            We strongly believe that educational institutions must be held accountable when failing to protect children while in their care. If you have experienced institutional physical or sexual abuse, our specialist team in Personal Injury law is here to support you with compassion and offer our technical expertise and experience to deliver the best outcome in your case.

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          • Workers Compensation

            When you sustain an injury or illness because of work, you may be entitled to  compensation. Our specialist team in Personal Injury Law is here to support you with compassion and understanding with the right advice. We have substantial technical expertise to deliver the best possible outcome from your claim.

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            When we provide advice on estate planning, we believe  in giving advice on options to mitigate the risks of litigation by potentially unhappy family members and protecting your assets from claims. Our legal team is here to support you and address your concerns regarding your estate planning. We have immense experience in these matters, providing you with advice and representation for your unique situation and delivering the best outcomes for your case.

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            We have immense experience and specialised knowledge in family provision and wills disputes Where you have not been properly and adequately provided for under a will or where you suspect that the person making the will may not have had capacity or exercised their own free will, you need a lawyer with extensive experience and expertise. Our team of Lawyers will  provide you with advice and representation for your unique situation and deliver the best outcomes for your case.

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          • Conrad Curry Can assist you with a variety of services

            Our solicitors are highly experienced in providing you with expert legal advice and will keep you informed every step of the way. It’s good to know that our firm is trusted and effective with a high success rate.

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    • Professional Negligence
          • Professional Negligence

            We rely on professionals in all aspects of our lives to provide us with proper advice on which to make decisions about our financial and legal affairs. When you are let down by poor advice the results can be devastating.  We are here to support you in your claim for compensation with clarity, guidance and the right advice to achieve the outcome you deserve.

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            We believe in standing up for those people who are falsely accused and prosecuted. Our experienced legal team is here to support you with compassion and provide you with clarity, guidance, and the right advice in your claim for compensation.

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            We are your law firm for life. You can count on us for the best legal advice and compassionate support. We understand the challenges you are facing and we want you to know that you don’t have to navigate the often daunting process alone. We are here when you need us. Let us help you find your way forward with our empathetic and efficient approach. Contact us. You can call us on (02) 4050 0330 for a free initial no-obligation consultation or book an appointment online for an in-person consultation or an online video appointment.

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Access to clinical notes

Our paralegal Lauren Faulkner recently wrote about the entitlement we each have as consumers of health care services to access clinical notes from our doctor or hospital. Lauren also raised the real issues for family/next of kin in obtaining their departed loved one’s clinical notes after their death. This is often a critical problem when there is an allegation that a health care practitioner/provider caused or contributed to the death. Without the notes an aggrieved family member may never get past first base in an investigation into the circumstances of the death.

Unless the deceased estate has a personal legal representative appointed by the Supreme Court through Probate or Letters of Administration, a health care practitioner/provider is not obliged to release the deceased’s clinical notes, not even to senior next of kin. Sometimes a person’s estate is not sufficient to warrant an application to the Court for Probate, and whilst the estate vests in the NSW Trustee and Guardian until other order, there is a practical reluctance on the part of the trustee to become involved.

Fortunately, there are provisions under the Civil Procedure Act 2002 and the associated Uniform Civil Procedure Rules which allow the Court to order a health care practitioner/provider to provide the records by way of pre-litigation discovery. The Law Office of Conrad Curry recently obtained judgment in the District Court of NSW for a spouse of the deceased person for access to the GP’s notes through pre-litigation discovery.

Our client’s allegation is that the deceased died as the result of an overdose of prescription drugs. Her GP knew that she overused/abused opioid analgesics and had put in place a very careful system to ensure that she had access to only small amounts of the drugs. Unfortunately, she was very convincing and lied about a trip away for three weeks. The doctor foolishly gave her the prescription which ultimately gave her the ability to take her life.

The doctor resisted handing the documents over on the basis of doctor/patient confidentiality.

In Forbes v Tang [2018] NSWDC 320 Judge Gibson agreed to our application and ordered that the GP discover all documents in his possession relating to the deceased’s treatment. She relied on Rule 5.3 UCPR which permits access to documents even before proceedings are commenced where it can be shown that the applicant may be entitled to make a claim but having made reasonable enquiries is unable to obtain sufficient information to decide whether or whether not to bring proceedings, and where the prospective defendant (Dr Tang) has possession of documents which might assist in the enquiry and inspection.

In our case the applicant husband has suffered psychiatric injury as the result of the circumstances of his wife’s premature death. The doctor had been the treating GP for many years and had prescribed Endone and other opioid analgesics. He was well aware of the deceased’s overuse/abuse issues, including prior overdose resulting in Hospital admission. In a Police statement Dr Tang had admitted to prescribing more than the recommended dosage of the drugs. Reports obtained from the Coroner revealed that a drug overdose was the cause of death.

The Judge analysed the provisions of the Health Records and Information Privacy Act and determined that we had exhausted all reasonable enquiries and ordered that the documents be made available for our inspection. As the result of access to the documents we will shortly issue proceedings against the doctor for his breach of the duty of care.

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