WHAT IS MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE?
Due to their extensive training and strict regulation, when people visit a medical practitioner they have extremely high expectation regarding the service they receive; this is especially important when the service in question affects the health and wellbeing of the patient, which is usually the case.
Medical negligence (also referred to as clinical negligence) is a term used to describe the substandard treatment by medical practitioners towards their patients. It can cover any type of professional incompetence, including but not limited to incorrect prescriptions, unnecessary delays in diagnosis, misdiagnosis of an illness or disease, surgical errors during an operation, or errors during childbirth.
Claiming for Medical Negligence
There are many ways to address complaints about medical treatment you have received, such as going through the NHS complaints procedure or contacting the Health Service Commissioner. In some cases the outcome following a complaint is unsatisfactory or the affected patient will require some form of financial compensation to help them on their road to recovery; this is where we can help.
In order to successfully claim for medical negligence, it must be shown that the medical practitioner breached their duty of care and that due to the breach the patient suffered injury or had an existing injury made worse. The general principle is that the actions of your medical practitioner should have matched or exceeded those expected of a competent member of their profession; although it may sound simple, breach of duty is often difficult to prove in medical negligence cases and it is therefore best to seek the advice of a solicitor with specialist experience in handling these sorts of cases.