Before medical records were digitised, doctors would have to consult and make physical notes every time they saw a patient. This could pose the risk that a patient’s notes might get lost or that information could be noted down in an illegible form. Thankfully, these days people’s medical records are kept on computers. All a doctor has to do when a new patient comes in to his or her surgery is read whatever notes the NHS has on record about the individual concerned.
This should mean that GPs have all the information they need about a patient literally at their fingertips. This should mean that mistakes relating to any allergies or past condition should have been all but wiped out.
Unfortunately though, human error can creep in to mess things up. If you’ve been made ill or injured in work or as a result of a course of treatment prescribed by your doctor interfering with a pre-existing condition or an allergy, there might be a chance that you could be in a position to make a claim for accident at work compensation if you could prove that your doctor behaved in a negligent fashion.
Medical negligence or being injured at work in Uttlesford
Imagine that you went to see your GP complaining of a nasty bacterial infection you’d picked up. After examining you, your doctor runs off a prescription that he says should sort things out for you. You’re pleased, and go straight to you nearest pharmacy to pick up your drugs.
You start your treatment as directed by your doctor without paying any attention to its name. After a few hours, you come out in a rash and your neck begins to swell up. You check the medicine you’ve been given, and discover it contains penicillin, which you’re allergic to.
You rush straight to A&E for treatment, knowing that an allergic reaction to penicillin can cause anaphylaxis. If your doctor had taken the time to read your notes or ask you, he would have found out that you were allergic to penicillin. As such, there will be a chance that you might well find yourself in a position where taking personal injury action in pursuit of an Uttlesford accident at work compensation pay-out might be on the cards.
Talk to the experts
If you have been made ill as a result of the poor judgement of a medical professional and would like to look into the possibility of taking some form of personal injury action with a view to bagging a Uttlesford accident at work compensation pay-out, you would do very well indeed to pick up the phone and call Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim for compensation.
Date Published: 15th September 2014
Author: David Brown