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Lex Medicus Director, Thomas Kossmann presented at the Australian Lawyers Alliance National Conference

This year, Lex Medicus has continued not only as a key sponsoring partner but also an active participant of the National Conference of the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA).

The conference was held on 20-22 October 2016 in tropical Port Douglas at the Sheraton Mirage Resort. Over 150 delegates from across Australia attended. 

As a community, the ALA is committed to human and civil rights. This year the program included a Keynote Address delivered by Professor Gillian Triggs, President, Human Rights Commission as well as talks on family violence by Paula Shelton, Senior Solicitor, Shine Lawyers (VIC) and contribution issues in personal injury cases by Emma Reilly, Partner, Moray & Agnew (ACT).
Lex Medicus Director, Mr Thomas Kossmann, was an invited speaker. The presentation delivered was entitled “Medical Negligence or God's Decision: View of an Orthopaedic Surgeon”, providing the perspective of a Medico-Legal Consultant on negligence cases to the legal community. 
The presentation was light-hearted but also provided a critical view on the controversy that complex client cases may offer to both the medical examiner asked to report on a negligence case and the assisting personal injury lawyer. The examples included complications of spine surgery, as well as following a misdiagnosed compartment syndrome.
The key question of the presentation was: Are the circumstances sufficient to prove a negligence case? 

In synthesis, a true negligent medical malpractice needs to meet the following criteria:
  1. Duty of care was owed by the physician
  2. Physician violated the applicable standard of care
  3. Person suffered a compensable injury
  4. Injury was caused in fact and proximately caused by the substandard conduct 

Mr Kossmann presented de-identified case studies to demonstrate whether they satisfy the above-mentioned criteria. He concluded his presentation with a devastating negligence case of a client suffering from a severe form of compartment syndrome. This is a limb-threatening condition that if not treated promptly may lead to debilitating complications.

Given the high interest on compartment syndrome demonstrated by the stimulating discussion following the presentation at the ALA conference, we have included in our newsletter a comprehensive description of this serious illness.

Compartment Syndrome

Compartment syndrome refers to the elevation of interstitial pressure within a closed compartment of the human body that results in microvascular compromise and tissue ischaemia.
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Introducing Dr Thomas Robbins, Plastic Surgeon

Lex Medicus is proud to introduce our new consultant, Dr Thomas Robbins, a leading Melbourne Plastic Surgeon with over 30 years' experience to inform his expert medical opinion.

Dr Robbins is a qualified plastic surgeon, the highest qualification in Ausralia for Cosmetic and Aesthetic surgery. Currently practicing as a Consultant Plastic Surgeon to Frankston Hospital, Dr Robbins is internationally experienced in all aspects of plastic surgery including paediatric, burns, hand surgery and head and neck surgery. He holds particular interest in relation to face, body and breast surgery.

To complement his practice, Dr Robbins has given regular presentations and been widely published across Australia, America, South Aftica and the U.K.

To book a client with Dr Robbins, please contact Lex Medicus reception on: (03) 9827 8093 or
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Wine and Psychiatry Seminar, 10 November 2016

Our Wine & Psychiatry seminar & Italian wine tasting is tomorrow!

DATE: Thursday 10th November
TIME: 6:30pm - 8:30pm (Seminar to commence 6:45 sharp)
VENUE: Suite 1202, 9 Yarra Street, South Yarra VIC 3141
TOPIC: When is an Adjustment Disorder not an Adjustment Disorder? 
PRESENTERS: A/Prof Abdul Khalid & Prof David Barton
COST: $50 donation or more to Beyond Blue
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