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Malpractice Law


There are often times where one might need the services of a Lawyer to provide advice on issues arising from third party negligence.

This could include negligence arising from, amongst others: Medical services, Legal services, Public liability, General Insurance, etc.

Examples of Medical Malpractice include Heparin overdose, Foreign objects left in bodies, Misdiagnosis / Wrong diagnosis, Surgical Errors, Dental Errors, Breast Implant Malpractice, Psychiatric Malpractice, Anaesthesia Malpractice, Birth Injuries & Cosmetic Surgery.

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Hospital distances itself from botched procedure

Matters are intensifying in the case of actor Thabo Malema whose operation was allegedly botched last December by a celebrity doctor in Johannesburg.


Gauteng to hold hospital CEOs accountable over claims

The Gauteng Health Department was facing medico-legal claims worth R20.8bn as of the end of March this year, MEC Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko said during her department's budget vote in the Gauteng legislature last week.


MEC to pay after man loses leg

An unfortunate incident during a friend’s engagement party in December 2016, when a man was pulled from behind and twisted his knee, has cost him dearly after his leg had to be amputated.


Holding Medical Professionals Accountable: How to Pursue a Medical Negligence Claim

Medical malpractice, also known as medical negligence, occurs when a healthcare professional fails to provide the standard of care that a reasonable person would expect in similar circumstances, resulting in injury or harm to the patient. Medical malpractice cases can be complex and challenging, requiring specialised knowledge and expertise in both medicine and law.


Doctor cleared to sue colleague over amputation

A medical doctor who was shot during a robbery at his practice in Standerton, Mpumalanga, and had his one leg amputated will now be able to prove the damages he suffered.


Bara’s R992m medical negligence claims flagged

Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital is faced with an estimated R1bn in medical claims for negligence as a result of a shortage of staff members, broken operating theatres and non-functional equipment.


Brain-damaged patient gets second chance

The Western Cape High Court has referred a medical case, in which a minor patient (12) suffered brain damage during an operation, back to court for further hearing, saying it erred in its findings.


Secret deal sees Bobroffs avoid prosecution

The R95m personal injury lawyers Ronald and Darren Bobroff stole from road accident victims may never be returned to SA. It has been reported that the fugitives escaped to Australia ahead of their pending arrest on charges related to overcharging their Road Accident Fund clients through illegal fee agreements.


Gynaecologist not liable for Down syndrome birth

For eight years, a Johannesburg gynaecologist faced a multimillion-rand claim after one of his patients gave birth to a baby with Down syndrome.


Hospital sued over patient's bedsore

The family of an Eersterust woman have taken legal action against Steve Biko Academic Hospital after their mother was allegedly left with a rotting bedsore on her backside, said to be more than 5cm wide.


Law firms paying bribes to jump RAF queue

Three employees of the Road Accident Fund have been suspended for alleged involvement in corrupt activities regarding claims. And, according to a report in The Sunday Independent, four more employees are in line to be suspended for similar transgressions.


Sympathy but no payout for parents who lost son

The SCA has ruled against Andre and Sharon McGregor, who have fought a long struggle for damages since their lives took an unexpected turn on the night of 23 August 2011 when their son (6) suffered head injuries.


Bobroffs' legal secretary jailed for fraud

Zenobia Venter, once a legal secretary in the practice of fugitive attorneys Ronald and Darren Bobroff, has been jailed on 205 counts of fraud and theft and has begun serving a seven-year sentence at Pretoria Central Prison.


Mother who lost twins threatens to sue hospital

A mother who gave birth to twins prematurely at the Tembisa Hospital in October last year is convinced her babies died from an infection caused by the klebsiella bacterium and has accused medical staff of negligence, says a report in The Sunday Independent.


Doctors raise concerns over medical negligence arrests

Following the arrest and court appearance of two Johannesburg doctors – paediatric surgeon Peter Beale (73) and anaesthetist Abdulhay Munshi (56) – who were accused of medical negligence – some doctors are having second thoughts about performing intricate, lifesaving surgical procedures.


‘But-for’ causation test a step too far ...

There is a worrying trend of systematic medical negligence in our hospitals. In AN v MEC for Health, Eastern Cape, the SCA recently remarked that ‘far too often this court is confronted with serious and serial negligence’ in hospitals … it is clear that studied neglect of standards has become pervasive in many such hospitals. 'Those reliant upon their services are receiving substandard care’.


Gauteng Health facing R1.1bn in claims

The Gauteng Health Department is in trouble after several service providers, mostly law firms, withdrew from defending lawsuits arising from alleged medical negligence. The department faces R1.1bn in claims. City Press says it has established that the department has been bombarded with claims from lawyers, doctors and other specialists, whose invoices remained unpaid.


Doctor succeeds in drawn-out malpractice suit

North West surgeon Samuel Smith has won a lengthy court battle against a patient who accused him of negligence, in what a Times Select report describes as an important case for the medical fraternity that is grappling rising malpractice claims.


Alleged bogus lawyer nabbed in court

A 47-year-old man who has allegedly been fraudulently practising as a lawyer for several years has finally been arrested, the Hawks revealed yesterday, according to a TimesLIVE report.


Basson scores another success against HPCSA

The Health Professions Council (HPCSA) has suffered yet another defeat in its protracted battles with Dr Wouter Basson, according to Rapport. The Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) dismissed the HPCSA’s application for leave to appeal a judgment ordering the recusal of two tribunal members who found him guilty of unethical conduct during the apartheid era in December 2013.





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