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Gauteng to hold hospital CEOs accountable over claims

By Daily News Published on Monday, 29 May 2023
Tags: #Health Care & Social #Litigation #Malpractice Law
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

By Daily News Published on Monday, 15 May 2023
Tags: #Litigation #Malpractice Law #Personal Injury Law
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

Published on Thursday, 04 May 2023
Tags: #Malpractice Law #Personal Injury Law
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

By Daily News Published on Wednesday, 15 March 2023
Tags: #Litigation #Malpractice Law #Personal Injury Law
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

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 25 October 2022
Tags: #Health Care & Social #Litigation #Malpractice Law
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

By Daily News Published on Thursday, 07 July 2022
Tags: #Litigation #Malpractice Law #Personal Injury Law
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

By Daily News Published on Thursday, 28 April 2022
Tags: #Criminal Law #Malpractice Law #Personal Injury Law
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

By Daily News Published on Friday, 23 July 2021
Tags: #Health Care & Social #Litigation #Malpractice Law
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

By Daily News Published on Wednesday, 03 March 2021
Tags: #Health Care & Social #Litigation #Malpractice Law #Personal Injury Law
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

By Daily News Published on Monday, 28 September 2020
Tags: #Criminal Law #Ethics #Malpractice Law #Personal Injury Law
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

By Daily News Published on Wednesday, 05 August 2020
Tags: #Litigation #Malpractice Law #Personal Injury Law
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

By Daily News Published on Monday, 20 July 2020
Tags: #Criminal Law #Malpractice Law
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

By Daily News Published on Monday, 03 February 2020
Tags: #Health Care & Social #Litigation #Malpractice Law #Personal Injury Law
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

By Daily News Published on Monday, 13 January 2020
Tags: #Criminal Law #Health Care & Social #Malpractice Law #Personal Injury Law
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’.

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