A physiotherapist’s job is normally to help you recover from an accident or trauma – you’ll usually be referred for sessions of physiotherapy as part of your rehabilitation. But what if the person who is supposed to help you recover actually causes your personal injury due to negligent treatment? Whilst most physiotherapists are dedicated professionals, mistakes do happen, and there is a difference between a genuine error and clinical negligence. Here are a few examples of what could constitute medical negligence:
- Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose symptoms or injuries relating to physiotherapy treatment
- Providing the wrong treatment
- Failure to read patient’s notes
- Failure to examine a patient properly before commencing treatment
- Ignoring patient’s symptoms or pain
- The development of disc prolapse or cauda equina syndrome as a result of treatment
If you feel that you have been the victim of a negligent physiotherapist, it is a good idea to seek advice from a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Claiming compensation for injuries caused by a negligent physiotherapist
If you believe you have received sub-standard physiotherapy treatment, either privately or on the NHS, and have been left injured as a result, you may be eligible to claim compensation. No matter how minor or severe your injuries, a professional personal injury lawyer will be able to advise you whether or not there is evidence of negligence. They will normally work in conjunction with specialist medical experts, who will determine whether negligence occurred. If it did, your injuries will be assessed and other factors taken into consideration, such as time off work which has led to loss of earnings. This will determine how much compensation you will receive.
Choose a personal injury lawyer you can trust
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Date Published: July 23, 2014
Author: David Brown