LAWYERS for about 60 women who were deliberately infected with hepatitis C at a Melbourne day surgery have agreed to a settlement worth $ 13.75 million.
Drug-addicted anaesthetist James Latham Peters infected the women during procedures at Clayton Day Surgery in Melbourne’s east between 2008 and 2009.
Counsel for the women told Victorian Supreme Court Justice John Dixon the agreement had been reached this morning, as the matter was scheduled to proceed to trial.
Peters’ employer Dr Mark Schulberg, Croydon Day Surgery, and the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Agency will all be held liable.
One woman whose decision not to be part of the class action had threatened to delay proceedings will take her case to trial independently.
The proposed settlement will go before Supreme Court Justice David Beach for approval.
Lawyers for the women said they hope to have the settlement approved by June.
Slater & Gordon principal lawyer Julie Clayton, who conducted the class action on behalf of the women, will hold a press conference later today.
Peters, 63, was last year sentenced to a maximum of 14 years in jail after pleading guilty to infecting 55 women with hepatitis C.
It is believed there were more victims who have yet to come forward.