The consequences of medical malpractice can be numerous and far reaching. It all depends on the situation. For example, a misdiagnosis from a negligent doctor could lead to a patient either failing to get better or developing further symptoms as a result of being given medication they don’t need. In the case of a surgical error on the other hand, the result could be serious injury or even death. It’s important to remember that medicine is far from an exact science and mistakes can and will be made, but if you are convinced that you have been a victim of serious medical malpractice,and not just plain old rotten bad luck, Accident Advice Helpline can help make a claim for compensation on your behalf.
Seeking compensation for medical malpractice
Before you even think about contacting us, you’ll need to inform the specific medical professional involved with your case that there’s a problem you intend on chasing up. Although it might make you uncomfortable to do so, look at it this way: if that specific doctor or surgeon was not working to acceptable standards when they were treating you, they more than likely would also be offering a below-par service to others so by taking action you could be saving others from suffering your fate.
Of course the majority of medical malpractice compensation claims are failed against doctors and surgeons but it might not be the doctor or surgeon who is to blame in your case. Nurses, secretarial staff, dentists and more specialist staff such as radiographers might be at fault and they can also be claimed against. It is best to first approach whoever wronged you in a semi-formal manner, tell them you were unhappy with their performance and ask if there is anything they can do themselves to appease you. If this gets you nowhere, the legal experts at Accident Advice Helpline will be able to advise you on taking matters further. You can contact us on our advice line 24/7 where one of our advisers will be on hand to answer any questions and quell any qualms you might have,
Although few of us go to the doctors expecting the worst news, it’s always advisable to take somebody with you so you have a ‘witness’ to back up your claims. If the diagnosis is serious, ask the doctor to back it up in a letter so they can’t back-pedal later and ask them for exact details on why they have made the diagnosis and what their course of action in terms of treatment will be. If you keep this information to hand, when you come to make a claim for a wrongful diagnosis, it will prove invaluably helpful.
Date Published: October 5, 2013
Author: David Brown