Medical negligence is not something to be taken lightly – it can have serious, devastating and even fatal repercussions for patients, and if you’ve been affected by medical negligence you’ll know that the effects are not only physical but also psychological, greatly affecting quality of life. You may even need to take time off work which could lead to loss of earnings.
What constitutes medical negligence?
Medical negligence is a broad term, but here are some common examples of medical negligence:
- Errors during surgical procedure
- Failure to treat or wrong treatment provided
- Errors with prescriptions
- Failure to obtain consent for treatment
- Failure to inform patient of treatment risks or medication side effects
Any of these could have devastating consequences for the patient, and may lead you to consider making a claim for compensation due to clinical negligence.
The consequences of medical negligence
Meningitis often presents with similar symptoms to the flu, and if you are misdiagnosed by your doctor, the consequences could lead to serious illness or even death. If you’re prescribed the wrong medication for a heart condition, your heart could be damaged and you could require medical treatment or even home care for the rest of your life, seriously affecting your quality of life and leaving you out of pocket due to loss of earnings and medical expenses. Errors during surgical procedures do happen – you’ll often hear about people experiencing pain from a wound which did not heal properly or issues where surgical instruments or swabs have accidentally been left inside a patient’s body due to clinical negligence.
Making a compensation claim
If you have been injured through no fault of your own then you should seek advice from a professional personal injury compensation lawyer. Accident Advice Helpline has more than 13 years’ experience, and we’re happy to offer confidential, no-obligation advice on our freephone number. You can call us day or night; our Freephone telephone line is open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 and if you do decide to proceed with a claim, we offer a 100% no win, no fee service.
Because we’re backed by our patron Esther Rantzen, TV personality and UK consumer champion, and accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, you know that we’re a company you can trust. You don’t even need to worry about going to court, as we can process the majority of cases in full over the phone.
Date Published: December 15, 2013
Author: David Brown