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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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          • Hospital Negligence

            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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    • 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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          • Malicious Prosecution

            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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Coronial Inquest Outcome

It was only a small article in the middle of Saturday’s Sydney Morning Herald. You could easily have missed it. For our firm though, we believe  the devastating story of 11 year old Alex Raichman deserves a much higher exposure. The care provided to this young boy and his family was, simply, not good enough. As Deputy State Coroner Harriet Grahame stated, this was a “meaningless and completely preventable tragedy”.

It serves as an example of how a failure to provide reasonable care can have terrible consequences. It also shows the value of the coronial inquest in our justice system in exposing flaws in policies and procedures.

In 2018, Alex Raichmann’s family were due to travel interstate. Alex, who had global developmental delay, was placed by his loving parents into temporary respite care with a facility in the south of Sydney, operated by Civic Disability Services (‘Civic’).

Alex’s mother knew her son’s behavioural patterns. She warned the service that her son was at high risk of escaping from the facility. She urged them to place locks on their windows. They did not.

At about 6.45 pm, Alex escaped through an ensuite window and climbed an inadequate fence, running down to the railway station. At 7.25 pm he was hit by a train. Alex lost his life and his family their son.

The Deputy State Coroner stated that Alex had “every right to a long, meaningful and joyful life”. Several recommendations were made, including that Civic not provide substitute respite care for people under the age of 16.

A separate shocking event that was also the subject of the inquest involved 8 year old, Riley Shortland and his temporary career, 28 year Rachel Martin. Rachel worked for the agency SNAP. Travelling by car on the M1 near Newcastle in 2017, Riley, who had developmental delay, began to unbuckle his seatbelt. Rachel pulled over in the breakdown lane, but Riley managed to get out of the car first and ran into traffic. Rachel courageously tried to help Riley.

Both were fatally hit by a truck. Rachel was pregnant with her first child.

The Deputy Coroner found these were also preventable deaths. Several policy changes were recommended including the use of two people in a car when transporting a patient with one-on-one needs.

We have all witnessed the proliferation of disability care providers with the arrival of NDIS. Such providers have a responsibility to put appropriate care plans into place in return for the funding, or payment, they receive. They have an obligation to take adequate care of their clients and their families.

It disturbs us greatly to read of cost cutting measures and poorly planned services that do not adequately protect the most vulnerable in our community.

We are also concerned that this story has not attracted the media attention it deserves. Alex’s mother, in a statement to the court, said “a child’s life is not dispensable just because they are living with a disability”. We could not agree more.

If a care provider fails to implement appropriate policies and take reasonable steps to protect those in their care, and injury or loss is suffered as a result, a claim for compensation can be made. We can assist with these claims, and with legal advice and representation for coronial inquests. However, even though we are compensation lawyers, what we are passionate about is prevention and change. Families that place their trust in care agencies should not have their trust betrayed.

We sincerely hope that the Deputy Coroner’s recommendations are implemented and that disability care agencies pay heed to the stories of Alex, Riley and Rachel.

 

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