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Are You Entitled to Compensation For Medical Negligence?
Estimations suggest that everyday in the UK a patient may die as a direct result of medical treatment that was intended to help them so the real question here is why?
Within the field of healthcare mistakes happen pretty much everyday but these mistakes usually cause no harm to the patient and it’s safe to say that in most of these cases the patient isn’t even aware that a mistake has been made. This comes as no surprise to most people as people in roles such as doctors and nurses are highly regarded but what most people forget is that these people are just human like everybody else; errors will occur; its when these errors start affecting our health that we should really be worried.
The term medical negligence covers a large scale of people and different medical professions. A medical negligence case could be brought up against anyone involved in your care and welfare such as; hospital doctors, GP’s, nurses, surgeons, dentists and physicians. These are just a few examples of the people that we entrust our lives to and we expect them to uphold the highest care towards us. In most instances none of us experience any sort of problems when we are in the care of medical professionals but sadly mistakes happen that should have been avoided.
When medical negligence occurs it is a very frightening experience. When you visit a medical professional you expect a professional service. Unfortunately this is not always the case. Doctors and nurses see hundreds of patients and like anyone in any profession mistakes can happen and they do. There have been cases where an operation was carried out on the wrong patient. Other cases are when the wrong dose of medicine is given or the wrong medicine all together.
Some examples of the medical areas that can be affected by medical negligence are as follows:
• Cerebral Palsy and Child Brain Injury
• Pregnancy and Birth
• Orthopaedics and Amputation cases
• Cosmetic Surgery
• Ophthalmic and Laser Eye Surgery
• Hospital Infections, known as super-bugs such as; MRSA and C Diff
• Nursing and Care Home Claims
• The incorrect Prescription, Administration and Dispensing of medicine and drugs
If medical negligence occurs and you are able to prove that the standard of care given wasn’t up to scratch then you may be able to make a claim for compensation. It should however be noted that medical negligence claims are extremely hard to win and most legal firms will advise you to take up your complaint with the hospital. This is because pursuing a claim can be lengthy and complex; however there are many accident injury legal teams who specialise in medical negligence, you basically need to shop around when you are looking for a legal team and you should get help from the one who has the most experience.
For more information about making a claim for medical negligence it is advised to contact a legal team to find out where you stand with making a claim for compensation.
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