What is classed as medical negligence?

The basic definition of medical negligence is a breach of a duty of care from a health professional that has resulted in harm and loss. Of course, while the vast majority of medical organisations and professionals offer outstanding care, things can sometimes go wrong.

Medical negligence can be classed as one of the following. Please note that is not an exhaustive list:

  • Misdiagnosis
  • Incorrect treatment
  • Surgical mistakes
  • Prescribing inappropriate medication
  • Damage to child before or during birth
  • Not giving a person the treatment they need
  • Not being told about the risks of a proposed treatment

A case can be brought against any NHS or private health professional, whether they are a:

  • Nurse
  • Doctor
  • Surgeon
  • Paramedic
  • Physiotherapist
  • Phycologist
  • Dietician
  • Dentist

Please note that this list is not exhaustive.

A medical negligence case can also be brought against a medical organisation such as:

  • NHS trust
  • Private hospital
  • Care home
  • Mental health services
  • Dental practice

(Again not an exhaustive list)

At Forbes, we will listen to your experience and if we think you have a case; our qualified solicitors will be with you every step of the way. To speak to a solicitor about medical negligence contact Forbes today.


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19 Oct 2017

Clinical Negligence


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