Medical Negligence

Medical Negligence

When we are taken ill, have a dentist appointment or go into labour and are placed in the care of trusted healthcare professionals, be it NHS or private, worrying about additional complications to our condition should be the last thing on our minds.

Unfortunately for many, medical negligence has cost them their quality of life, peace of mind and in some cases, had devastating consequences to their physical being. Healthcare professionals, be they nurses, doctors, dentists, occupational therapists and so on, have a ‘duty of care’ to their patients. It is when the standards of this ‘duty of care’ fall below a certain ideal that problems occur – the problems which manifest themselves due to this substandard care are known as medical negligence. Medical negligence – also known as clinical negligence – has many façades, not all of which are obvious. Below are listed the most common types of medical negligence, but as aforementioned, it has many guises and so the list is not exclusive:

  • A delay in diagnosis or a misdiagnosis which leads to complication due and/or to deterioration of the patient’s condition. For example, this could be the wrongful diagnosis of cancer to a patient who is in fact, cancer free.
  • The wrongful prescription or administration of medication leading to side effects and deterioration of patient’s condition. This includes anaesthesia.
  • The contraction of a Hospital Acquired Infection (HIA) for example, the potentially fatal MRSA virus.
  • Errors during a surgical procedure leading to unnecessary scarring and excess pain.
  • The neglect of a patient – substandard care leading to the deterioration of a patient’s condition, sometimes even leading to death.
  • Birthing injuries – these can include injuries sustained to the mother or child during pregnancy and/or childbirth. For example, incorrect monitoring of the oxygen to the foetus during labour, leading to brain damage.

A claim against medical negligence can be filed for any of the reasons listed above, and indeed for reasons not listed above. The key point to remember is that if a patient has incurred an injury at the hands of their healthcare professional, via malpractice, medical errors or substandard treatment they may be liable to claim compensation through a no win no fee agreement.

The amount of compensation is usually dependant on the severity of the injury and whether it will require further medical treatment. It is noteworthy to mention that harm incurred is not limited to the physical being, psychological harm is also taken into account in the no win no fee claim.

It is not uncommon for hundreds upon thousands of people who have been injured to suffer in silence, unsure of whether they stand to gain anything from attempting to file a claim. For many, simply the idea of reliving the experience can seem too much. And although compensation cannot help with the physical pain you may be left with, it can certainly help ease the burden of the financial pressure you’ve been left under. As with many cases, loss of earnings due to injury is common and often further medical treatment and specialist equipment is required, to make life as comfortable as possible.

At www.medicalnegligenceclaims.com there is a team of trained, specialist solicitors which may be able to help you gain the compensation you deserve. If you feel if you have suffered at the hands of the NHS or a private practitioner, through no fault of your own, you may be liable to make a claim.

 

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I've worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years dealing with physical and mental health patients, both in hospitals and the community. Living a healthy, well balanced life with a good diet, regular exercise and a taking a positive outlook are crucial to becoming a very well being indeed - sometimes easier said than done!

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