The United Kingdom is fortunate to have a high standard of healthcare through the National Health Service and millions of patients benefit from treatment and care provided. The Health service is however not infallible and as a result thousands of patients are injured and in some instances have killed as a direct result of medical negligence. Medical negligence claims are taken very seriously and we are able to claim compensation on your behalf in this regard.
Types of Medical Negligence Claim
- Mistreatment and Delayed Treatment.
Doctors and general practitioners are required to undergo years of specialist training and education in the medical field before being allowed to work in it. As such they are best qualified to give medical advice and treatment. The patients will nearly also follow the prescribed treatment and in most instances the treatment will be successful. However there does exist instances of medical negligence where a doctor has misdiagnosed symptoms and/or prescribed the wrong treatment this can in the case of serious illness or injury be a disaster for the patient. Medical negligence can also come about by delaying needed treatments which can cause long term complications to develop and can cause an exacerbation to the illness or injury. If your medical treatment was incorrect or subject to time delays which exacerbated your illness or injury then you should contact one of our advisors to discuss a medical negligence claim
Medical conditions and the symptoms of such can in some instances be complex and difficult to diagnose. So it is essential that the Doctor or general practitioner make the right diagnosis through a proper investigation of a patients symptoms. A misdiagnosis and the application of an incorrect treatment based upon that misdiagnosis can result in the underlying illness developing without treatment. In this situation a cancer or other serious disease could develop and become life threatening before the mistaken diagnosis is recognised. This form of medical negligence can have a devastating and lasting damage to a patient. If you have been subject to a misdiagnosis then it is important for you to have a personal record of all diagnoses and treatments provided together with a record of your symptoms and changes you noted as a result of any of these treatments. the more details you give the stronger your claim will be. Our medical Negligence Advisors can instruct you upon what evidence would be needed to make such a claim.
- Surgical Errors
Surgical errors from medical negligence are some of the most traumatic claim cases. Any surgical procedure whether it be minor under a local anaesthetic or a major operation under a general anaesthetic comes with a degree of risk. Your surgeon or a member of his team should explain and outline the procedure to you before any operation takes place. In spite of the success of many operations through well established procedure there still exists negligence due to mistakes and oversights by the surgical team. This can include but not exclusive to failures by the anaesthetic team, mistakes in surgery leading to blood loss, cardiac failure, organ failure or issues with mobility. In such case additional surgeries may be needed to correct the problems created. In some cases surgical errors can be fatal or leave a patient with a permanent disability.
If you have suffered as a result of surgical negligence contact our advisors who will seek to gain you compensation for the problems incurred.
- Fatalities due to medical negligence.
Loss of life as a result of negligence represents is the worst type of medical negligence. This can devastate a family who were expecting the return of a loved one after a what was described as a basic procedure. In this worst case scenario the last thing wanted is a difficult legal battle for answers and compensation for loss. That is why we offer the fullest support to the bereaved family who have been affected by a death through such negligence. A medical negligence fatality case can be very complex requiring a detailed investigation. The liability for negligence may not rest with one member of the medical team but with a combination of various issues including faulty miscalibrated medical equipment, administrative errors, post op infections or other lapse in care. We will take in to account not only your loss and the future outcome of it but also your ongoing needs during such a difficult time. If your family has suffered a bereavement as a result of a preventable death whilst in hospital care our expert medical negligence solicitors are here for you.
- Failure to inform you of certain risks.
All medical procedures to come with varying degrees of risk attached to them whether it be a routine operation or side effects of prescribed medication. It is the responsibility of the doctor or surgeon to provide detailed information of such as well as outlining any potential risks involved. An example may be a spinal operation to repair a back injury which results in long term pain which may prevent an individual from working resulting in long term disability.
- Hospital Infection and cross contamination.
Hospitals represent a place of care for individuals who have become seriously ill as a direct result of a communicable disease that has overwhelmed their immune system causing serious health issues. This is normally the case with the elderly or infants who have weakened immune systems. Hospitals do take steps with regards to hygiene but the prolific use of antibiotics as a countermeasure has resulted in the creation of what various media outlets termed “superbugs”. The term “superbug” is used to describe a mutated infection that has become resistant to antibiotic and other treatments . With regards to patients who have a weakened immune system having undergone major surgery or a cancer patient who is immunosuppressed from treatment, infection by one of these “superbugs” can cause very serious complications. Failure by hospital staff to sterilize equipment or take appropriate hygiene steps when moving between hospital wards only serves to increase the problem. You may be entitled to make a medical negligence claim in this regard if you become infected during your stay for treatment at the hospital.
- Hip replacement injuries.
In the U.K. thousands of people have undergone hip replacements as a result of injury or old age. Hip-replacements are now a considered a routine operation by the surgeons who perform them. There exists however a failure rate for hip replacement operations which can include mistakes during and after the operation. Further to this medical negligence claims have been made against the companies who manufacture these implants due to poor quality control or undue wear as a result of poor manufacturing. Given that a successful hip replacement operation is essential to ensuring long term mobility and quality of life for a patient , medical negligence by surgical staff or the manufacturers can have a detrimental effect resulting in long term pain, loss of mobility and repeat surgeries.
- Disfigurement from surgery or cosmetic surgery.
Cosmetic surgery is now a thriving enterprise with various private clinics carrying out fat reduction, rhinoplasty and breast augmentation. Further to this NHS hospitals together with private clinics carry out reconstructive surgeries to repair serious injuries and disfigurements after a motor vehicle or industrial related accident. Successful surgery represents for such patients is a vital part of their rehabilitation and return to normal life after such a serious trauma. Unfortunately in some instances this can go wrong leading to a worsening of the issues of self esteem and dysphoria that the surgery was meant to address. This psychological impact leads to detrimental changes in a patients life and well being. When we pursue a medical negligence claim of this nature we will take this into account to ensure that you receive the fullest compensation you deserve.
- Dental negligence
Dental negligence comes about from failed or incorrect dental treatment by dentist and orthodontic surgeons. This can include but is not exclusive to failed root canal operations, poor fillings, infections and un-needed work. Poor Dental treatment can result in additional expense to repair along with long term discomfort. Please speak to one of our medical negligence practitioners about a claim against dental negligence.
How to pursue a medical negligence claim
The key to a successful medical negligence claim is information, further to this information that can be put before a court of law for consideration. Much of this information will be contained within your medical records which will be held by the hospital staff or your doctor. Your case can be strengthened in a number of ways and your claim maximised by the following advice.
Firstly photographic evidence of your physical symptoms particularly if it can show a progressive worsening of your symptoms over time. Further to this before and after photographs of a treatment represent the hardest evidence to refute as it would be difficult to argue that surgery or treatment has improved the patients condition when photographs show the opposite.
Secondly a symptom diary, by noting down your symptoms on a daily basis you will be able to provide strong supporting documentation about the detrimental effect the negligent treatment has had on your life.
Finally witnesses this can be friends or family members who were with you before, during and after treatment who can provide testimonial evidence for consideration.
Providing as much evidence as you can will strengthen your case and our claim advisors are available to provide you with guidance.