The majority of medical practitioners take extreme care when it comes to looking after their patients. From doctors to dentists, those in the medical profession have trained for years to acquire and develop their skills, and have incredible knowledge and experience in their field. However unfortunately they are not immune to making mistakes and a simple lapse in concentration can result in serious injury for patients.
Here is a guide to medical negligence claims and some unusual facts that may be handy to know.
What exactly is medical negligence?
Medical negligence refers to a situation in which a medical practitioner had caused serious physical or emotional pain to a patient, by deviating from the recognised standard of care. As this profession requires such careful concentration and carries an extremely high responsibility, such deviation from the standard route is taken very seriously. Those who feel they have suffered as a result of a lack of care may want to make a claim, seeking compensation and an acknowledgement of medical negligence.
Medical negligence isn’t always the easiest to claim for.
Unusual Facts worth Knowing
Medical negligence can be hard to claim for
Those considering a claim for medical negligence should be aware that the process can potentially be a long and difficult one. Contrary to what may be believed, medical negligence is perhaps the hardest to succeed in out of all possible personal injury claims. This is because it can be incredibly difficult to prove, especially if it is only the practitioner’s word against the patient’s.
Those considering making a claim, should first be able to show that the doctor, dentist or other medical professional has acted in a way which contradicts the accepted standard of care. His or her actions must be completely unusual and unheard of, and different from the route others in the medical profession would have taken. The patient also needs to be able to prove that the physical or emotional harm that has been suffered is due to the medical practitioner and would not have occurred if the correct route of care had been followed.
Injury lawyers can and do claim against corporate organisations
Despite medical negligence being hard to claim, those who believe they have a worthy case that deserves compensation and acknowledgement, should not be scared to make a claim. Many people are reluctant to make a claim simply because they believe they will never win against government-run organisations such as the NHS.
But whilst the NHS are usually extremely professional and run a high standard of service, they unfortunately sometimes do make mistakes just like anyone. Injury lawyers are able to make formal complaints against such organisations, and often manage to secure compensation on behalf of patients. Medical practitioners or organisations that are aware they have made a mistake or misjudgement are usually willing to admit their fault and will provide patients with the necessary support and help needed to recover.
It also referred to as ‘clinical negligence’
Medical negligence is also known as ‘clinical negligence’, a term which is being used increasingly more. Those who hear this phrase should be aware that they mean exactly the same thing. So if doing further research online, remember: they are one and the same!
When doctors make mistakes you have right to make a claim.
Medical negligence claims are rare, but nevertheless still sometimes need to be made. From being aware that the process of making a claim can be a difficult one, to knowing injury lawyers can help to make claims against large corporations, there are a few unusual but necessary facts to be aware of.