Anjali Woodford

Anjali Woodford

Special Counsel Melbourne, Australia

Anjali is a Special Counsel in Kennedys’ Melbourne office with over 10 years’ experience in health law. Anjali has particular expertise in acting for medical indemnity insurers and medical practitioners in complex injury claims in the County Court and Supreme Court of Victoria. Claims include catastrophic injuries to a child/infant, brain and spinal injuries, metastatic cancer, nervous shock arising from a death, claims involving multiple plaintiffs and psychiatric injuries. Anjali acts in AHPRA investigations and VCAT hearings, including issues about drugs and poisons prescribing, mandatory reporting, advertising regulations, adequacy of medical records, doctor/patient boundaries and health impairments. Anjali also acts in coronial investigations and inquests, Medicare audits and complaints to the Health Complaints Commissioner. Anjali’s experience includes general insurance advice to major insurers on complex and sensitive issues surrounding indemnity and secondment to the Australian Medical Association of Victoria (AMA) where she provided legal advice to AMA members. Anjali is a committee member of the Law Institute of Victoria’s Public Liability and Medical Negligence Committee.

Memberships

  • Committee member of the Law Institute of Victoria’s Public Liability and Medical Negligence Committee.

Work highlights

  • Representing a major metropolitan hospital regarding a failure to diagnose compartment syndrome in a 13 year old boy, resulting in significant physical injuries.
  • Representing a major metropolitan hospital regarding a failure to diagnose meningitis in a 30 year old male, resulting in extensive sequelae.
  • Representing a regional hospital in a failure to monitor a mother falling asleep with her newborn post birth, leading to resuscitation of the newborn and subsequent cerebral palsy.
  • Assisting a major metropolitan hospital in formulating factual concessions to the Coroner so as to avoid a formal inquest in the coronial investigation into the death of an 18 month old girl from infective myocarditis.