Visiting your GP or going into hospital can be a worrying time, particularly if you suspect you may have a long-term or serious illness. Everyone puts an element of trust in their physician therefore when you are treated by a GP, a specialist or by a surgeon at hospital, the equipment must be up to standard. This means that it must be properly maintained and sterilised in the correct way to ensure that it does not break during a procedure and to prevent cross-contamination. The manufacturers of medical equipment are responsible for ensuring the products they sell to medical professionals are fit to do the job they are required for. In addition, physicians must be able to use the equipment correctly and must be able to choose the correct tool for the job they need to do. Medical equipment failure can result in injury or illness to the patient, particularly if this occurs during a surgical procedure in hospital.
How can medical equipment fail?
Medical equipment which breaks during surgery can have severe consequences, particularly if the procedure requires stitches afterwards. In addition, physicians must use the correct tools for the job they are performing to avoid injury to the patient. The equipment could be something disposable such as a syringe or a catheter or it could be a piece of machinery such as x-ray equipment. Equipment used for diagnosis could fail resulting in a wrong diagnosis or a failure to diagnose a condition. If you feel that your surgeon or physician was negligent or the medical equipment was not in fit condition to be used, then you can contact Accident Advice Helpline to pursue a compensation claim for medical equipment failure.
Making a medical negligence claim
A claim for medical equipment failure may be made to the physicians who performed a procedure on you or the medical equipment company. This depends on where there is evidence of negligence. Accident Advice Helpline can assist you with this and you can contact us on our free 24-hour helpline for some no-obligation advice on your case. Alternatively, you can start your claim by entering some details into our 30-second test online to determine how successful your claim is likely to be. Compensation can help you cope with medical costs and any loss of wages sustained due to illness or injury. Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: July 11, 2014
Author: David Brown