Our Accident and Injury Claims Legal Hour is hosted by Rachel Davis, Senior Chartered Legal Executive in our Personal Injury Team.
If you require further help regarding accident and injury claims, please phone us on 01279 755777 or contact Rachel Davis directly.
Our Accident and Injury Claims Team will be hosting the Nockolds Legal Hour on the following dates:
|Wednesday 17th October 2018 ||12pm - 1pm |
|Wednesday 28th November 2018 ||12pm - 1pm |
|Wednesday 23rd January 2019 ||12pm - 1pm |
|Wednesday 6th March 2019 ||12pm - 1pm |
|Wednesday 17th April 2019 ||12pm - 1pm |
|Wednesday 29th May 2019 ||12pm - 1pm |
Our Latest Legal Hour Questions (05.09.18) Read your previously answered questions here
What are the different types of medical negligence?
There are many types of medical negligence cases which occur because the medical professional has provided substandard care, for example:
- GP negligence – if the GP fails to diagnose a patient properly, administers the incorrect medication or fails to promptly or appropriately refer a patient and, as a result, the patient’s condition deteriorates.
- Hospital negligence – if the hospital provides substandard care to an inpatient or outpatient, or during surgery, which results in injury and/or delayed recovery.
- Birth injury – where the correct and proper procedures are not followed and this results in an injury to mother or baby.
- Dental negligence – where a dentist provides substandard treatment resulting in injury or deterioration in the health of the patient’s teeth/gums.
I recently had an operation which went wrong, resulting in injuries and a delayed recovery. Do I have a medical negligence claim?
The legal definition of medical negligence is conduct falling below the standard of a reasonably competent professional professing to have that skill. This means that to claim negligence you must prove the treatment received fell below the accepted level of any responsible group of professionals in the same speciality. For example, if the negligence claim is against a hospital consultant, they must have done (or omitted to do) something that no other reasonable consultant would have done.
A medical professional owes the patient a duty of care to act in their best interests. Occasionally, a medical professional will make a mistake resulting in a tragic outcome. If a reasonable body of medical opinion would concur that they would have made a similar decision, then there will be no negligence. If a reasonably body of medical opinion agrees that the action taken was not of a reasonable standard, then there has been negligence. If this negligence causes the patient an injury then there is a medical negligence claim to pursue.