We trust few professions as much as we trust doctors. After all, we turn to doctors when we need help and rely on them to give us a high level of care and attention. Most doctors do just that, but it is not always the case and poor care from a doctor can have devastating consequences. Negligent doctors are those that fail in their very basic duty of care. In other words, a negligent doctor is one that fails to provide the care and attention we expect from such professionals.
When we seek medical help, we quite literally put our lives in a doctor’s hands. Doctors are highly qualified. It takes over seven years to become a doctor, so we expect them to know what they are doing and while most do, some negligent doctors fail in their basic duty of care, which leaves many patients suffering the consequences.
Consequences of negligent doctors
A negligent doctor can cause terrible pain and suffering. Negligence can take many guises. In the case of misdiagnosis, negligent doctors can lead to the premature death of patients. The early diagnosis of many conditions can make the difference between a condition being curable and it being terminal, negligent doctors can also cause more direct pain and suffering. When you have surgery and it goes wrong due to negligence, this can cause severe pain and aggravate a medical condition. Furthermore, to put things right, you may have to undergo more medical procedures, increasing your level of suffering. Of course, just because things don’t go well during a medical procedure, doesn’t necessary mean negligent doctors caused the problem. The real test of whether a doctor has been negligent is whether the treatments fall below the level of care that would be expected of the average competent doctor.
Claiming damages from negligent doctors
Many people feel reluctant to claim compensation from the health service and negligent doctors and this is understandable. However, because negligent doctors can cause you pain and suffering, as well as create financial repercussions because of their incompetence, it is only right you should be able to make a claim. If you think you have suffered because of negligent doctors, your best course of action is to contact Accident Advice Helpline. Our friendly and confidential specialist advisors will be able to talk you through the process and asses whether you have a claim, on a confidential, no-obligation basis, allowing you to make the right decision for you.