An interesting recent development with the potential to increase the damages for which negligent health professionals (and so their medical indemnity insurers and medical defence organisations) will be liable, is the apparently growing trend by our WA public hospitals of classifying patients as “compensable.”  This then permits (or at least it is claimed to permit)

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.

Although only a single Judge decision, I particularly noted the WA District Court Judge Sweeney’s decision