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Priyanthi Milton

Special Counsel
Fax +61.3.9205.2055

Ms. Milton's focus is medical malpractice, general liability and public liability work. She has acted for public hospitals in hundreds of medical negligence claims in the Australian Courts including major obstetric and psychiatric claims.

She also has a particular focus on the defence of hospitals at coronial inquests.

Ms. Milton has acted for public hospitals and regional general practitioners in defence of complaints to the Health Services Commissioner and the Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria.

Ms. Milton sensitively handles Freedom of Information requests and acts for defendants in WorkCover recovery actions. She is an active participant in the firm’s pro bono program.

Collaboration in resolving matters is a fundamental part of Ms. Milton's work. She seeks to ensure that her clients are comfortable, well-informed and in a position to make good decisions. She provides strategic, authoritative legal advice in a commercial context and seeks to help her clients understand their risks and minimize exposure to future claims. She seeks to build capability and add lasting value through her work.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Victorian Women’s Lawyers member
  • Law Institute of Victoria member
  • Australian Insurance Law Association member
  • Women in Insurance member

Speaking Engagements

Ms. Milton is regularly called upon to give presentations in an approachable, practical, and usable manner. Topics have included tort reform, Freedom of Information, general insurance issues, taking instructions and legal letter-writing.
  • Acting for hospitals in defence of stroke claims, including a claim by a senior bank executive who was unable to return to work due to her injuries.
  • Representation of hospitals in defence of claims for neonatal injuries including cerebral palsy and erb's palsy.
  • Acting for hospitals on claims for negligent surgical technique, failure to warn, failure to diagnose.
  • Acting for a major metropolitan hospital on an extremely complicated multi-million dollar claim for missed diagnosis of a strep A infection which left a young professional woman with major physical and cognitive injuries.
  • Acting at Coronial Inquests, including an investigation into five deaths at a nursing home allegedly due to food poisoning. Other inquests include the suicide of a psychiatric patient under the care of a public hospital, the death of a young person following an attendance at a hospital emergency department, the death of an infant attended at home by ambulance officers, and the death of a young mother following an unsuccessful liver transplant.
  • Settlement of Wrongs Act and dependency claims including the death of a young father from cardiac arrest during a hospital admission.
  • Advising on the application of FOI legislation including advice to a kindergarten after the family of an injured child made a request for extensive documentation.
  • Successfully obtaining contribution or full indemnities from third parties. In a claim against a prison doctor Ms. Milton negotiated contribution from the prison operator. A full indemnity was obtained from an electrician when a fluorescent light fell from the ceiling at a community centre and struck a visitor on the head. In a claim against a kindergarten Ms. Milton negotiated a full indemnity from the local council.