Everything you need to know about medical negligence

There’s no denying that in the UK, we are fortunate to have access to a great healthcare system. 

Whenever our family is ill, or if we have any concerns about their health, most of us will always turn to our doctors. We trust them to look after us and our family and for them to do all they can to help make us or our loved ones better.

Everything you need to know about medical negligence
Everything you need to know about medical negligence

But what happens if something was to go wrong?

What is medical negligence?

Medical negligence is when someone is harmed as a result of a medical professional’s behaviour.

By law, medical professionals have a duty to provide an appropriate level of care to their patients. When they fail to provide it, or if the care falls below an appropriate standard and harms the patient as a result of it, then this is classed as medical negligence.

It doesn’t just affect the individual – it can impact the entire family. Some types of medical negligence can have a life-changing impact on the individual, which means they will need continuous care for the rest of their life. It can also affect the whole family if the individual sadly passes away as a result of a medical professional’s wrongdoing.

Different types of medical negligence

Different types of medical negligence can affect you and your family. I’ve listed below the types of behaviours and injuries that can be classed as medical negligence.

Medical misdiagnosis

This is when a medical professional fails to identify and diagnose symptoms of a medical condition or an illness, which inevitably has a serious consequence to a patient’s health issues. The other type of misdiagnosis is when a patient has been given the wrong diagnosis or if the medical professional has incorrectly diagnosed a patient’s symptoms.

Surgical negligence

Surgical errors can happen when a surgeon has performed the wrong surgery on a patient, causing more harm. Surgical negligence can also happen when a surgeon has removed the wrong organ or even left a piece of equipment inside the patient. 

Prescription error

Prescription errors occur when medical staff prescribes the wrong medication to a patient. This can happen if the medical professional has placed the medication in the wrong bag, labelled it incorrectly, or supplied the wrong dosage.

Birth injuries

Birth injuries can also be classed as a type of medical negligence if staff have failed to recognise serious conditions, or if you and your baby have received poor care during childbirth, which has resulted in a serious injury. 

Actions you should take following medical negligence

If you are unhappy with the level of care your family has received from a healthcare professional, you have a right to make a complaint. You can make a complaint by contacting the healthcare provider where you received the service, be it the NHS or a private clinic. You don’t necessarily have to call them; you could write a letter or send an email.

If your family has been hurt because of a healthcare professional’s actions, you could take legal action. An experienced solicitor can advise you on whether you have a case to make a medical negligence claim. They will also be able to guide you through the process of making a medical complaint and claiming for compensation. 

Author bio: Thompsons Solicitors is one of the UK’s leading law firms. Our team includes some of the best medical negligence solicitors in the UK, who are experts in running, and winning, medical negligence claims for our clients.   

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you’ve enjoyed this post.

rachel bustin

Thank you for sharing

2 thoughts on “Everything you need to know about medical negligence

  1. Very informative. I believe my husband was misdiagnosed and is now badly disabled because of the error. However I think I may be too late to make a claim…however great article Rachel.!

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