All medical professionals, from general practitioners to surgeons owe their patients a duty of care to ensure that they receive the correct treatment in a suitable manner.
But unlike many other professions, a single mistake from a medical practitioner can have drastic consequences for the patient involved. A breach of this duty may entitle you to make a claim for medical negligence.
What is medical negligence?
Medical negligence is when medical professionals make mistakes or fail in their duty of care to you, leading to injury or making an existing condition worse. There are a number of ways that medical negligence can happen, such as misdiagnosis, incorrect treatment or surgical mistakes.
What is a medical negligence claim?
A medical negligence claim (sometimes known as a clinical negligence claim) occurs when a patient takes their medical expert or hospital (or both) to court for compensation due to an act or acts of negligence suffered during their medical care.
Establishing a Medical Negligence claim
In order to establish a medical negligence claim there are two hurdles to overcome:
- Firstly you have to show that the care provided fell below the standard of a reasonably competent medical professional.
- Secondly, if a breach of duty is established, the next step is to establish Causation. This means establishing that it was the treatment that caused the damage, which would not have otherwise occurred. In medical cases this is often the most difficult part of the claim to establish.
Types of Medical Negligence Claims
Medical (or clinical) negligence covers a broad range of medical errors, misdiagnosis or low standard of care. Below is a list of the more common negligence cases we deal with:
Surgical procedures where errors are made or the surgery is not undertaken to a high standard.
Reaction and complications to treatment or drugs
Being prescribed the incorrect dosage of drugs or type of treatment causing severe adverse effects.
A misdiagnosis claim can be raised if you are diagnosed with an illness which you do not actually have or you were informed that you had no illness when in fact you had.
Complications or birth injuries during labour caused by preventable medical actions not carried out.
Anaesthetic awareness claims
Anaesthetic awareness can range from being able to hear the operation occurring to the agony of feeling a surgical procedure taking place.
Care Home Abuse
Abuse of elderly or disabled relatives in care can occur in many different forms including physical, mental, emotional or sexual abuse.
Incorrect extraction, careless work or failures to identify infections are common forms of dental negligence.
Breast implants are the most common type of cosmetic surgery in the UK, however loss of feeling and problems with implants still occur.
If a poor level of hygiene is present hospitals can contain infections such as MRSA, MSSA and C Difficile.
Making a Medical Negligence Claim
We want to help you overcome the difficulties you face after suffering from medical negligence by making a compensation claim on your behalf.
Call us on 01206500181 to discuss your claim with one of our advisors, or if you prefer, complete an Online Claim Enquiry and we’ll call you back. We will discuss your case with you and give you professional advice on whether we can assist you in making a medical negligence compensation claim.