When you visit the doctors, the hospital or any medical institution, you expect to receive the best care possible that adheres to the rules and regulations mapped out by the state. Whilst this is typically the case, standards can slip on occasion or are even ignored, making health care providers guilty of committing medical malpractice.
For a patient who suspects that he or she has been subjected to medical negligence, knowing what to do can be confusing and worrying. The first predicament patients who suspect they have suffered negligence face is knowing whether or not their suspicions are correct. Medical negligence cases can be notoriously ambiguous and can go on for years before a conclusion is reached.
According to the BBC, a medical negligence case that occurred in 2010 in Northern Ireland lasted 27 years with the Health and Social Care Board finally announcing that the ongoing case had been closed with no settlement being reached.
Although medical negligence cases can be difficult to prove and take a long time for a resolution to be reached, it is important that you remember that medical negligence claims are designed to protect those who have been let down by medical institutions. These cases are filed fairly regularly and if you have been the victim of any malpractice or negligence by a doctor or other medical professional you may be entitled to compensation and should investigate your entitlement to this action.
Due to the nature of these cases, the types of injuries which can be sustained as a result of medical negligence can be fairly severe. A prime example is those which result in mesothelioma compensation claims – cases which seek financial reparation for the contraction of a rare form of cancer most commonly caused by exposed to asbestos.
Other examples of medical negligence cases include birth injury claims which are sadly some of the most common.
Compensation cases involving negligence at work or in a profession medical environment are extremely common and you should not be afraid to speak up if you suspect any wrongdoings. Some of the most common and distressing cases of medical negligence include failure to diagnose, untreated fractures, incorrect amputation and hospital superbugs.
The first thing you should do if you have any suspicion of negligence whatsoever is to submit your complaint in writing. Include all the relevant details such as dates, the names of the doctors involved, any injury or symptoms you have sustained and which you suspect may have been caused by the negligence, what the problem is and where and when it possibly went wrong. You should then ask the doctors, nurses, hospital management staff or anyone involved in the case to talk through your complaint with you.
You, or someone acting on your behalf, can then take your complaint to the complaints manager in your health authority. If a local resolution fails to occur, you can request an independent review or seek assistance from medical compensation lawyers who are experienced in taking cases of medical negligence to court and helping victims receive compensation.