When it comes to personal injury, few things can be as horrendous as medical negligence. When we turn to the medical profession, we expect people to act as competently as possible; after all, our life and well-being are in their hands. While most people in the medical profession are highly professional and put the welfare of their patients first, mistakes do happen. However, if these mistakes are avoidable or caused by somebody’s incompetence or recklessness, then you have a case for medical negligence.
What is medical negligence?
As in all walks of life, doctors and surgeons make mistakes, but this does not necessarily mean medical negligence has taken place. Medical professionals get things wrong. However, medical negligence, often called clinical malpractice, is when mistakes are made because a medical professional has failed in their duty of care. All sorts of things can constitute medical negligence, from misdiagnosis and surgical errors, to injuries in childbirth and dental malpractice. When medical negligence occurs, it can often lead to devastating consequences. Not only can patients suffer a lot of pain and suffering, but quite often further medical procedures are required to put things right. In addition, in the case of misdiagnosis, a treatable condition may have developed into something more serious and may even have become terminal.
Duty of care
All medical professionals owe their patients a duty of care. In other words, they have to provide the best care and attention possible and while this is what normally happens, it is not always the case and each year people find themselves injured because of clinical malpractice. However, you don’t have to suffer in silence. As with other forms of personal injury, you are entitled to both damages and compensation if you have been the victim of medical negligence.
Of course, it is not always easy to know whether you have been the victim of medical negligence and because of the complexities of the medical profession, bringing a case is not straightforward. This is where Accident Advice Helpline can assist. We are a specialist law firm that has expertise in medical negligence cases and can help you understand whether not you have a case. We come highly recommended and our patron is none other than TV personality Esther Rantzen. Furthermore, we have a 24-hour helpline and we provide confidential, no-obligation advice that can help you determine whether you should bring a case for medical negligence.
Date Published: August 30, 2013
Author: David Brown