When you are ill, a lot of trust is put into medical professionals to accurately diagnose and treat illnesses or injuries. Your first port of call is usually a GP or a nurse who should provide you with a thorough examination to determine the cause of your illness. This may include asking you questions about your lifestyle, carrying out a physical examination and sending you to a specialist where appropriate.
Coming across a negligent medical professional is a rare occurrence but can happen and can cause an injury or even a fatality in the worst cases. This could be a nurse, GP, surgeon or specialist involved in your diagnosis or treatment. It may even be the person administering your anaesthetic in preparation for surgery. If you have evidence that a medical professional has been negligent, either with your diagnosis, treatment or care, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
What makes a negligent medical professional?
A medical professional has a duty of care to you when you visit for advice or treatment. This means they are responsible for diagnosing you correctly, diagnosing you in time to treat the illness and treating you for the correct illness. They also have a duty to refer you to the correct specialist without delay. A misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose may lead to the wrong treatment being given or no treatment at all. Illnesses or injuries can become worse causing unnecessary pain and suffering to a patient. In addition, any failure to treat the illness or failure to administer the correct treatment can also cause complications. Should there be evidence of negligence and your medical professional is responsible, you may be able to win a cash payout.
Making a claim for medical negligence
If a negligent medical professional has made your illness or injury worse or has failed to diagnose you in time for treatment, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. Accident Advice Helpline can assist you when you call our free 24-hour line – 0800 689 0500 – for no-obligation advice. Should there be evidence that negligence has taken place and you have been caused pain and suffering as a result, there is a good chance that you could win compensation to help you cope financially. Our no win, no fee policy means that you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by giving us a call.
Date Published: July 23, 2014
Author: David Brown