MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CLAIMS
The medical topic is one of its own kind, with defined level of diligence, paramount from those under obligation by law to render medical treatment to the society. If the level of diligence is breached and or neglected, the breach or neglect will bring about direct impairment to the lives of those entrusted to them.
What is medical negligence/ medical malpractice?
Medical negligence is a negligent act or omission by a medical professional that results in personal injury to a patient. It occurs when a medical professional’s actions do not meet the accepted standards of practice.
It is not only medical doctors who may be responsible for medical malpractice. Negligence by other medical professionals, such as nurses, dentists, osteopaths and those responsible for conditions in health care facilities like nursing homes, may also result in personal injury. This is an ongoing worry in the society.
Negligence may take the form of errors during the diagnosis, treatment or management of health conditions. It may also involve failure to obtain a patient’s informed consent before undertaking a procedure or operation.
“Informed consent” exists only if a medical provider has thoroughly informed a patient about all the inherent risks, benefits and alternatives involved in any surgical or medical procedure or treatment, and that the patient has duly given written consent to proceed with the treatment.
Examples of medical negligence include but not limited to:
- Administering the wrong type or dose of a medication;
- Making surgical mistakes, including surgery on the wrong site, leaving medical instruments behind during a procedure, and cutting unintended tissues;
- Interpreting test and lab results incorrectly;
- Making the wrong diagnosis or treating a condition inappropriately; and
- Nurses failing to communicate new patient symptoms, complaints or concerns to doctors and other medical professionals.
We highlight that, medical negligence does not always result in complications, injury or death, but, when it does, it becomes a case of medical malpractice, provided there is proof of harm or loss.
The damages you suffer come in many forms – including pain and suffering, costs of medical treatment later to rectify the negligence and in some cases, loss of income, either for time off work, or because you can no longer work or can no longer work in the same sort of field that you did previously.
What to do if you are a victim of medical malpractice
If you believe you are a victim of medical negligence, we would like to assist you with your case analysis. Among other services that we render, we undertake to obtain your medical records, charts and information. These records will help us to refer you to our panel of leading specialists for medical opinions who will examine you and help us determine the strength of your case.
For more information, please do not hesitate to send us an inquiry.