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Medical negligence victim awaits high court decision


Today, the High Court in Brisbane will hear an application by Cairns GP, Dr Kaylene Ferguson, seeking permission to appeal a $6.7 million damages award handed down earlier this year by the Queensland Court of Appeal in favour of our client, Brisbane meningitis victim Nancy Mules.

The Court of Appeal found that Dr Ferguson failed to properly investigate Ms Mules’ symptoms of meningitis resulting in Ms Mules being rendered permanently deaf and blind.

Shine Lawyers Solicitor Bill King said that Ms Mules hoped today's hearing would finally bring this matter to an end.

“Today the court will decide whether or not Nancy’s fight for justice will finally be over,” Mr King said.

“If the defendant is granted leave, Nancy will be forced to continue her battle through the courts,” he said. If leave is refused, Nancy’s long journey to attain justice will be brought to a successful conclusion, and she will receive the compensation she will require to support her in managing such profound disabilities for the rest of her life.”

“It is our hope that today will mark the end of Nancy’s journey through the courts and she will finally be able to move on from this dark period in her life.”

Update:

23/10/2015 - Nancy Mules, was awarded the largest damages payout in Queensland’s history last week after her doctor failed to diagnose her with meningitis. Nancy was awarded $6.7 million in damages. Click to read more about the result.

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Written by Shine Lawyers on October 23, 2015. Last modified: September 6, 2018.

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