What is medical negligence?

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Medical professionals have a duty of care to ensure their patient receives a high level of service and that they are cared for in a way that does not cause further harm. If your medical professional does not provide a high level of service and you, your loved ones or your family members are injured as a result, or they die as a direct result of negligence this is what is known as clinical negligence, formerly medical negligence.

An example of clinical negligence would be where a doctor diagnoses a patient with a disease that they do not have and prescribes the patient medicine to combat it, resulting in injury, or where a doctor performs an operation that is not necessary at all and a patient is injured or has a body part removed unnecessarily.

These are just two examples of clinical negligence but the expert clinical negligence solicitors at Forbes also deal with a vast majority of claims involving the following:

  • Delayed diagnosis - where a doctor fails to spot an infection or serious disease when treating a patient.
  • Incorrect diagnosis - where a doctor or medical professional makes the wrong diagnosis. For example telling a patient they have cancer when they do not.
  • Failing to obtain consent
  • Failing to act in time/neglecting to attend to health problems in time
  • Careless surgical procedures
  • Wrongful amputation
  • Incorrect amputation site
  • Delayed referrals to specialists
  • Medication errors
  • Failing to warn the patient of the risks involved with treatments
  • System errors - losing a patient's files or vital details resulting in injury
  • Hospital acquired infections
  • Use of unsterilized instruments
  • Brain damage
  • Waking up during anaesthesia
  • Birth injury - resulting from a delay in delivery, inappropriate method of delivery, or injury during the process.

These are just a few examples of the types of clinical negligence issues Forbes deal with and can encompass a wide variety of medical practices including:

  • GPs
  • A&E departments
  • Cardiology departments
  • Mental health departments
  • Plastic surgeons
  • Dentists
  • Midwives
  • Nurses
  • And many more
  • Private medical centres
  • NHS medical centres
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes

The difference between clinical negligence and personal injury

There are differences between clinical negligence claims and personal injury claims. Where someone has been injured in a road traffic accident, it is fairly easy to ascertain who is at fault and what injuries they have sustained as part of the accident. However with clinical negligence claimants need to prove two things:

  • Liability - that there were serious errors in your medical treatment made by your doctor which no competent doctor would have made; and
  • Causation or Avoidable harm - that the errors made eventually caused, or materially contributed to, the injury suffered. This is where a solicitor will have to prove that the treatment itself, not the illness, caused more harm than good.

Once the fault can be placed upon the medical professional beyond reasonable doubt, a compensation claim can be made.

Start a claim

If you feel your medical professional has failed to provide you with a high level of service and you or your loved ones have been injured a s result of clinical negligence, contact the expert solicitors at Forbes today. There are strict 3 year time limits on when you claim compensation so it is vital you act as soon as possible to increase your chances of making a successful claim.

This time limit differs for children under 18 as the time limit starts on their 18th birthday if they have been injured whilst classed as a minor (under 18).

If the injured person is mentally incapable of handling their own affairs, the 3 year time limit applies as soon as the person becomes capable of handling their own affairs.

We have many years of experience in helping victims of clinical negligence claim compensation for their injuries and have the legal expertise to bring about a positive resolution that benefits you and your family.

A clinical negligence claim does so much more than cover your pain and suffering; it helps to pay for any loss of finances sustained as a result of your inability to work whilst you recover and covers the cost of any medical bills and long term treatments that may be deemed necessary to help you on the road to recovery.

If you feel you have suffered an injury because of clinical negligence contact the expert no win, no fee clinical negligence solicitors today at Forbes on 0800 037 4625.

Alternatively if you would like a face to face consultation, we have expert Solicitors at each of our offices based in Accrington, Blackburn, Chorley and Preston ready to help you.

For more information please visit Clinical Negligence Claims

28 Nov 2018

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