Sudden illness or accidental injuries can occur at any given moment in time, regardless of whether it is the middle of the week or the weekend. To ensure necessary treatment is available in case of emergencies, there is obviously a need to have doctors work over the weekend. The total number of hours doctors work should, however, be limited. Here is why.
When doctors work over the weekend
All too often, doctors work over the weekend on top of having worked long hours during the week as well. This can leave them exhausted and often deprived of adequate sleep, which can have a serious effect on their health, as well as impairing their judgement, attention and concentration; reasoning, alertness and problem solving abilities. Being overtired can subsequently result in potentially life-threatening mistakes when doctors work over the weekend.
Fatigued doctors could, for example, fail to diagnose an illness or injury correctly. The consequences of a heart attack being treated as indigestion or a missed skull fracture, for instance, could cause serious long-term problems or even be fatal. Lack of attention and concentration could also result in no or inadequate treatments being administered, swabs or surgical instruments left inside patients, and so on.
When fatigue causes mistakes
If you are suffering because an illness or injury was incorrectly diagnosed or inadequately treated by a tired doctor, you may qualify for a personal injury claim. You may also be eligible to claim if objects were left inside your body during surgery, for instance.
How to claim
Claims for compensation following medical errors can be complicated, so it is imperative to get the help of an experienced injury solicitor to conduct your claim. In-house Accident Advice Helpline solicitors boast over 16 years’ experience in handling claims of this type. All you have to do is to enlist their help by calling our freephone helpline.
What to expect
Our advisors will ask you a few questions concerning your case to establish your claim eligibility (any information you provide will be kept confidential). Having confirmed that you are eligible to claim, you will be offered the services of an in-house lawyer experienced in your type of claim. Should you accept this offer (you are under no obligation to do so), this lawyer will assist and support you from start to finish of the claim process.
Get your claim put into action by calling us from a UK landline on 0800 689 0500 or a mobile on 0333 500 0993 today.
Date Published: February 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice