Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician


Volume 39, Issue 9, September 2010

Lost: loss of chance

Sara Bird
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Loss of chance claims involve an allegation that a patient has lost the chance of a better medical outcome, in terms of treatment and/or prognosis, as a result of the negligence of the medical practitioner. A recent High Court of Australia judgment confirmed that monetary damages are not available for the loss of a chance of a better medical outcome.1 This article discusses the judgment and its implications for medical practitioners in Australia.

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