Genetic testing, wearable devices and nanotechnology have transformed healthcare, providing better ability to predict, manage and improve our health. But they also pose challenges for the healthcare sector and the insurance industry. Our expectation of better health driven by medical innovation has risen, but traditional insurance risks of medical negligence and product malfunction remain.

Our insurance expertise, coupled with a deep understanding of the healthcare, life science and medical device sectors, means our team is well placed to provide specialist legal advice on claims affecting medical professionals and others in the industry.

We have worked with hundreds of registered healthcare practitioners, as well as alternative therapists and managers in the health industry. We have represented hospitals, health clinics, medical training facilities, aged care and respite facilities, together with allied medical service providers such as radiology, nuclear medicine and pathology practices. In New Zealand, our dedicated medico-legal team has extensive experience representing matters before the NZ Health & Disability Commission and Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal.

We also advise a number of key players in the sector – including regulatory authorities, District Health Boards, disciplinary committees, medico malpractice insurers and indemnity associations across Australia and New Zealand.

We have advised on all manner of incidents across the spectrum of the healthcare and life sciences industry, in many cases reducing liability and mitigating penalties, in cases such as:

Disciplinary proceedings

Complaints, regulatory and disciplinary matters including professional misconduct and unprofessional conduct proceedings brought before Professional Standards Committees, Professional Registration Boards and State Tribunals including the NZ Health & Disability Commission and the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal.

Medical negligence claims

Against GPs, dentists, nurses and hospitals for incidents such as failure to refer patients for more specialist care, delays in diagnosis and misdiagnoses, negligent medical treatment and professional misconduct.

Product liability claims

Against medical device manufacturers, including premature failure of devices, psychiatric injury following failed anaesthetics, severe allergic reactions to pharmaceuticals, and cosmetic deformities following procedures.

Coronial inquests

Into deaths of patients in hospitals, community care facilities, and as a result of the wrongful prescription of pharmaceuticals.

As the pace of healthcare technology increases, so does the risk profile of individuals and organisations within the industry. We work with industry participants to identify and develop insurance policies that can provide as much certainty and appropriate coverage as possible in a highly dynamic and transformative market. And if things go wrong, there is no more specialist team to manage the claim to protect reputations.