Medical negligence is a term that is being broadly used. It appears on the surface that some are unsure of its actually meaning and are often using it in the wrong or incorrect context. Medical or clinical negligence occurs when a professional in the medical industry, this can range from a surgeon to a care assistant, care falls below the standard that is expected and results in injury that could have been prevented. It can be difficult to prove that an act of negligence has occurred and the there has been a breach of duty. It is no longer just acceptable to trust another physician’s say that the act was incorrect but the physician must also prove the logic within his reasoning. It is also up to the claimant and their representation to prove that such behaviour has had an effect on the person life, physically and /or mentally.
In recent years the rise in medical negligence claims has increased at a rapid rate and is still now increasing all the time. One of the main reasons for this is down to our claim culture. It had now been made more easier and more accessible to not only make a claim but be represented through No win No fee agreements. Solicitors are popping up all over high streets and in local neighbourhoods making there presents known. To find out some useful information on negligence you can also visit Justice.gov.uk/courts.
However this does not excuse in no way the fact that negligent behaviour is taking place and often having adverse effects on people’s lives through no fault of their. It can have devastating effects not only to the victim but to the lives of their family also. If claiming compensation it is important to use a No Win No Fee claim service such as Medical Negligence Assist. Medical professional are normal humans beings and they too can make mistakes it’s when these mistakes should not have happened is when things become questionable.
Some Types of Medical Negligence include;
- Failure to diagnose/misdiagnose
It is vital to spot the signs and diagnose any condition at the earliest possible in order so that the right treatment and medication can be given before the condition has a chance to get worse. Failure to do this can have a downward spiral effect and any condition left untreated can have severe consequences on the patient’s life.
- Surgical Errors
A surgery error is a broad area. It has many different avenues all with catastrophic consequence i.e.
-Wrong site surgery
-Incorrect dosage of anaesthetic
-Failure to seal surgical wound
-Acquired surgical infections
-Failure to explain any consequences of surgery
- Pregnancy and Child Birth Injuries
Pregnancy injuries can arise when early signs of difficulties are not spotted such as failing to notice an ectopic pregnancy in its early stages. Child birth injuries happen during the delivery process and any injuries at this stage can cause severe effects. One of the main injuries is cerebral palsy; this often occurs when the baby is starved of oxygen which can result in brain damage. Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term which covers several neurological conditions that begins from child birth or soon after and it effects movement and coordination.
It goes without saying that medical professionals form vital roles in our community and the work they carry out every day is of the upmost importance. For more info on medical negligence visit www.medicalnegligenceassist.co.uk.
Author: John Williams
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