Medical Malpractice

Our medical malpractice team has extensive expertise in the health professions and care sectors Australia-wide.

We advise on a broad range of professional indemnity, public liability, product liability and disciplinary claims. Our work extends from claims management to policy development and risk assessments. We also offer value-add services, such as advice hotlines.


  • Successfully defending District Court of New South Wales proceedings brought against a chiropractor alleged to have caused significant lower back injury.
  • Successfully defending Supreme Court of Western Australia proceedings brought against a physiotherapist alleged to have caused significant lower back issues.
  • Representing podiatric surgeons alleged to have negligently performed surgery in a number of matters litigated in Western Australia and Queensland.
  • Defending a dentist in Supreme Court of New South Wales proceedings involving allegations of negligent and unnecessary dental work (including on appeal).
  • Defending a nurse and his employer in Victorian Supreme Court proceeding involving allegations that the plaintiff suffered a massive stroke as a result of the negligent insertion of a catheter.
  • Successfully defending Western Australia State Administrative Tribunal proceedings brought against a physiotherapist accused of molesting a patient (including appeal).
  • Representing pharmacists before various tribunals in numerous states accused of dispensing anabolic steroids to body builders.
  • Acting for Western Australian public hospitals in numerous professional negligence claims.
  • Successfully defending Western Australia District Court proceedings against an orthopaedic surgeon alleged to have caused compartment syndrome.
  • Representing an optometrist in a complaint before the Western Australia State Administrative Tribunal, which were resolved at mediation without any adverse impact on the optometrist’s registration.
  • Successfully defending District Court of New South Wales proceedings brought against a prominent equine veterinary practice alleged to have misinterpreted radiology on a racehorse (including on appeal).

Key contact

Rachael is a well-rounded and experienced insurance lawyer with a focus on general insurance and product liability.

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