Law firm Slater and Gordon have received numerous inquiries from families affected by the Bacchus Marsh and Melton Regional Hospital crisis.
Slater and Gordon Medical Lawyer Anne Shortall said the firm had been approached by a number of families after a review by the Victorian Health Department found a series of “key failings” at the hospital.
“There have been a number of families, we aren’t putting a figure on it at the moment, but they have approached us on various issues regarding both Doctor Parhar as a private practitioner and the hospital,” she said.
“The families that have approached us are very, very traumatised, especially with the claims relating to the stillbirths. You have people who have to overcome real issues in regards to a major incident that has happened in their life and they are now realising that this happened as a result of negligence”.
“It is just re-traumatising these families all over again and it is hugely devastating for all of them, they are really just not in a good way”.
Ms Shortall said whilst the incident was incredibly concerning, the chances for successful compensation claims were good.
“There has been a great deal of recognition from the Department of Health in regards to the doctor’s standard of care being well below what is reasonable and after realising that there has been issues they are now being quite open,” she said.
“I would hope that the hospital’s insurer is being reasonable in entering into negotiations for claims”.
The Moorabool News has chosen to respect the privacy of the families involved and has not approached, and will not be approaching any for comment.
First appeared in The Moorabool News.