Friday, May 24, 2013

What Leads to Clinical Negligence Compensation Claims?

medical negligenceAs in all professions, doctors and other medical professionals have a duty of care to ensure the safety of all members of the public in their premises. However, clinical or medical negligence claims are somewhat different to other personal injury claims in that medical professionals are responsible for the health of their patients and are expected to notice any problems in a timely fashion.
Furthermore, many of the tasks a medical professional does as part of their job, such as perform delicate surgical operations, administer potentially lethal drugs or diagnose health problems, carry inherent risks, and if a worker fails to do these jobs properly, patients can suffer serious adverse effects or can even die.
If you are making a clinical negligence compensation claim, you will have experienced medical treatment in which the healthcare provider’s standards fell well below those you expect to receive. Most cases involve one of the following issues:
  •  Failures in surgery
  •  Delayed diagnosis
  •  Inappropriate or incorrect treatment
  •  Providing the wrong drugs or patients suffering adversely from drugs
  •  Failures in medical products or devices
  •  Problems in childbirth leading to the mother or child being injured
Medical professionals are not merely required to conduct procedures, however. Medical negligence claims often involve cases in which patients have received treatment but have not been informed of the risks this treatment poses. People must give informed consent when undergoing any dangerous procedures or any medical tests and in cases when this does not happen, they may be able to apply for medical negligence compensation.

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