Hasil victims retaliate
TWENTY victims of former Lismore obstetrics registrar Roman Hasil have hired one of Australia's highest-profile law firms to explore potential lawsuits against the doctor and the Lismore Base Hospital.
Slater and Gordon medical law specialist Bill Madden said he was looking into complaints made by the doctor's former patients.
The claims relate to trauma the women or their babies are alleged to have suffered at the hands of Dr Hasil.
Mr Madden said his investigation would take three to four months to complete and would include the findings of an investigation currently under way by the Health Care Complaints Commission.
The commission began investigating the doctor last year and is due to release a report next month.
Mr Madden said he would get all the medical records to try and understand what had happened to his clients.
He would then get expert medical opinion to determine if there was a link between his clients' trauma and the doctor.
Once the investigation was complete he would advise his clients on the strength of their cases, Mr Madden said.
He said it would be up to them to decide if they wanted to pursue the matter, which would be heard in the NSW Supreme Court.
Mr Madden said the actions would target Dr Hasil and the hospital, saying the hospital was responsible for the actions of its employees.
It did not matter that Dr Hasil was probably now broke, he said.
“He would have had insurance,” he said.
Mr Madden said it was impossible to estimate how much the lawsuits, if successful, could cost the hospital.
“It is hard to say with these sorts of cases,” he said.
“It can be large amounts of money.”
A spokeswoman for the North Coast Area Health Service said yesterday it had not been contacted by anyone from Slater and Gordon and had no knowledge of the possible legal action.