Medical negligence is not something most of us will have to deal with in our lives. In the majority of cases, patients are treated effectively and will go on with their lives as normal.
However, there are occasions when things go wrong. This is when a trained medical professional makes an avoidable mistake, resulting in harm caused to you, the patient.
Medical negligence also covers occasions when a medical professional or organisation fails in their duty of care to you, causing you injury or harm. This includes failure to diagnose a condition, misdiagnosis of a condition, error during surgery or medical procedure, administering the wrong drugs, failing to warn you about the risks of a procedure or treatment, infections acquired during a stay in hospital.
You may be able to make a medical negligence claim if you’ve been left with injuries or you’ve suffered an existing condition worsening because of poor medical care from healthcare professionals.
Compensation can be awarded for loss of income, ongoing treatment, costs of care and equipment costs of adapting your home. It can also cover the psychological impact or the impact the injury has had on your life and family.