If you’ve been injured, or suffered an illness or other medical complaint as a result of poor medical attention or treatment, then you might be entitled to compensation.
Here’s what you need to know
1. Patients have a right to expect a certain level of care and professionalism from medical staff. Whilst medical negligence can happen, and sometimes does happen, it is very much the exception and not the norm.
2. It could be that the medical staff, or establishment breached your duty of care. Perhaps you’re treatment was discussed in front of other patients, or perhaps you were ignored or treated badly during your time in hospital. You might have suffered as a result of not getting the medical attention you needed.
3. Depending on the circumstances, you might have experienced inappropriate handling by a doctor or a nurse. You might have been refused help when asking for assistance to stand up or to lie down. You might have not been able to get a wheelchair when you needed one, which added to the pain and distress you suffered.
4. You might have received the wrong medication, or the wrong dosage, which could have seriously affected your treatment. You might have been give a much lower or higher dosage than was appropriate, an could have suffered as a result.
5. Maybe your treatment was delayed due to lack of staff or other resources. You may have been made to suffer even more because the hospital wasn’t able to provide you with the treatment you needed.
6. You might have been misdiagnosed, and been given the wrong treatment. Perhaps you knew what was wrong, or what hurt, but the professionals didn’t listen to you. You might have just accepted that what you were told was right.
7. It might be that you suffered due to somebody not doing their job properly, such as a doctor misdiagnosing a condition, or a catalogue of errors involving several members of staff in different departments.
8. If any of these situations sound familiar, then maybe you can claim compensation. You might still be suffering, or will permanently be suffering due to somebody’s negligence. Why should you have to put up with it?
9. If you want to make a claim for medical negligence, then you’ll want to find an appropriate and suitable solicitor. Choose a solicitor that specialises in these sorts of cases, and can empathise with you.
10. Remember, that by not claiming, and not making sure that medical staff know their responsibilities, are properly trained, and have the right resources could mean that other people are at risk.
Now you know more about clinical negligence, if you’ve suffered as a result of medical treatment, perhaps now is the right time to see if you’re entitled to compensation.