Medical negligence

Medical negligence occurs when a medical practitioner causes someone harm through an act or omission which falls short of the standard of care which could have been expected of someone of the same level of expertise and experience. Medical negligence is committed by registered medical practitioners such as doctors, nurses or physiotherapists.

Medical negligence cases typically involve misdiagnosis. An example of this sort of case is where a person visits their doctor with a set of symptoms, which are misdiagnosed. The resulting misdiagnosis then causes that person additional suffering through mistreatment, and in some serious cases may result in serious illness, injury or death. Medical negligence is proven when the misdiagnosis was because the medical practitioner, in this case a doctor, did not diagnose according to the standard of care which should be expected of someone of the same skill and experience.

Proving medical negligence

Proving medical negligence can be difficult, so always take expert legal advice from a medical negligence solicitor. They will be looking to understand the facts of your case, including the symptoms you felt, what you were told by the medical practitioner and the treatment you received or did not receive. They will also want details of the injury you suffered, which can include mental distress and bereavement.

Your solicitor will then look at the facts to see if they believe that you have a case which can be followed up. They must be able to prove that the standard of care you received was negligent and that the harm you suffered was caused or made worse by the medical practitioner’s actions.

Medical negligence and other professionals

Medical negligence is not just about doctors. Any medical practitioner who offers health related services may be negligent and may be sued for medical negligence. This includes dentists, chiropractors and opticians, as well as doctors and nurses. If you suffer harm or injury as a result of the actions or omissions of a medical professional, then take legal advice from a medical negligence lawyer at the earliest opportunity.

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