CASE DISMISSED: Trent, Debra and Lance Alder had Trent’s medical negligence case dismissed.
CASE DISMISSED: Trent, Debra and Lance Alder had Trent’s medical negligence case dismissed. Chris Ison

Family's case against obstetrician dismissed in court

A ROCKHAMPTON father's case against a local obstetrician and the State of Queensland was dismissed on Wednesday.

Lance Alder was representing his severely disabled son Trent in the Supreme Court in Rockhampton as they could not afford a solicitor.

Mr Alder was alleging his son suffered brain damage after he was deprived of oxygen during his wife Debra's labour.

The Alders are 24-year-old Trent's full-time carers.

They said they hoped Trent could use any compensation to pay for carers after they pass away.

But Mr Alder was forced to email a notice to discontinue the trial on the third day after he suffered chest pains and had to be hospitalised for observation.

Mr Alder said the stress of the lengthy legal battle had finally gotten to him.

Ian Brookfield, a Bundaberg businessman helping Mr Alder compile the case, was with Mr Alder at the hospital. "Lance was at the point of mental collapse at the bar," Mr Brookfield said.

He said after 20 years experience with the legal system, he had never seen a judge be as rude to a litigant as Justice Alfred Daubney was to Mr Alder.

The ABC reported that Justice Daubney had said Mr Alder had not complied with a number of directions during the five years of legal proceedings and had not presented a strong body of evidence.

Mr Alder was up against three barristers, one representing obstetrician Dr Paul Khoo, and two QCs representing the State of Queensland.

By the third day two of Mr Alder's five witnesses were struck out and Trent's neurologist was not allowed to testify on Monday.

Mr Brookfield described Justice Daubney's decision to bar further proceedings as an illustration of his "bombastic way".

Mr Alder said justice had not been served.


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