Has your doctor been negligent?

We will all visit a doctor at some point in our lives, and at times we will rely on medical practitioners to deliver quality care and to try to help us when we are ill. However, everyone makes mistakes and from time to time the care we receive will fail to make us better, and may even make our health deteriorate further. In the worst cases, the actions of doctors we trust may cause us serious harm or even may result in death.

However, to receive compensation your lawyer must prove that the standard of care that you received actually fell short of what you should have expected from someone of their skill and experience. Your lawyer must also prove that the actions of the medical practitioner actually directly caused the injury or harm that you have suffered.

When is my doctor negligent?

Thousands of people each year suffer injury as a result of medical negligence, however to prove your case your lawyer must be able to distinguish wrong decisions from actual negligence. Negligence requires proof that the decision the doctor took was negligent; that is that they failed to act with a reasonable degree of care and skill. This is usually proved by asking a body of other professionals their opinion of the actions of the doctor in your case.

It is simply not enough to show that a doctor made a mistake. Doctors are allowed to make mistakes, but what is important is whether they followed correct procedures, took appropriate precautions and acted in accordance with the reasonable actions of other medical professionals. In order to determine whether you may have grounds for legal action you should consult a lawyer for expert legal advice on the particulars of your case. Your lawyer must prove not only the negligence, but also that it caused your injuries or resulted directly with the harm you suffered.

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