Medical negligence covers a whole spectrum of possible circumstances. It may, for instance, involve a wrong diagnosis being made; wrong or no treatments or medications being administered as and when required, and so on.
As this type of error is typically not the case of a medical professional deliberately breaching their duty of care, but human error, it is often not possible to completely avoid such incidents. There are, however, some measures a patient can take to help prevent such errors.
Can medical negligence be avoided?
One of the most basic of these measures is to ensure doctors are provided with accurate medical histories and descriptions of existing symptoms. A patient frequently suffering from indigestion may, for example, fail to tell his doctor that his/ her family has a history of heart disease.
As a result, the doctor may simply treat a mild pain in the chest as a symptom of the patient’s tendency to suffer from indigestion, when in fact he/ she may have had a heart attack. This may later lead to more severe attacks that could seriously threaten the patient’s life. Had the doctor known about the family’s health history, he may have automatically arranged for the patient’s heart to be examined.
Similarly, if a person seeks medical attention after a work accident and fails to tell attending medical staff that the cut on their leg was incurred through a fall from a great height, a broken leg may not be detected during the effort to deal with the cut. In short, if medical professionals are not aware of specific details, the chance of error is far greater and may ultimately lead to the patient mistakenly believing they are entitled to make a medical negligence claim.
Determining whether claiming for injury is justified
If in doubt, it is best to discuss the situation with the friendly advisers working for Accident Advice Helpline. Available to take calls via the company’s free-phone number 24/7, these advisers have dealt with medical negligence, work injury and other personal injury claims for many years. With regards to the question of, can medical negligence be avoided? It really depends on the situation
Consequently they will be able to ask all necessary questions to quickly establish whether the injured individual does indeed have a case for claiming medical negligence compensation. Naturally, all calls will be handled in complete confidentiality.
If a claim for compensation can be made, the case will passed on to the company’s experienced legal team, who will ensure the client receives what is due to him/ her as quickly as possible.
Date Published: October 17, 2013
Author: David Brown