What is Medical Negligence?
When a medical practitioner fails to act or perform according to the medical standard when treating a patient.
Who is affected by Medical Negligence?
Anyone treated by a medical practitioner and who received medical treatment from a medical practitioner.
When is it Medical Negligence?
When there are medical complications or negative consequences due to the medical treatment received.
Where can Medical Negligence take place?
Medical negligence can take place at a hospital or private practice.
How does Medical Negligence happen?
If medical treatment was prescribed by a medical practitioner but there were negative consequences for the patient.
How to Claim for Medical Negligence?
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According to the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, Medical means:
connected with illness and injury and their treatment. Negligence means: the failure to give enough care or attention. Which means the definition of Medical Negligence can be summed up as a failure to act or perform in the correct way when a professional is treating an injury or illness of a patient.
Medical Negligence: types of damages?
Typical types of damages that can be claimed for because of an injury suffered from medical negligence:
- Expenses for special care needed as well as emotional and mental trauma
- Medical expenses for past and future cases
- Past, present and future loss of income
What are examples of Medical Negligence?
- When a medical condition is misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all
- Complications that are not addressed during the process of birth/labour
- When scans and x-rays are interpreted incorrectly
- When appropriate treatments are delayed or when any form of treatment was not provided by the medical professional
- Not enough informed consent, you weren’t advised of all the risks related to the medical treatment/procedure
- When surgical procedures are prescribed unnecessarily
- Alternative procedures or treatments were not an option or never discussed
- When you were capable to do so at the time, but did not consent to any provided treatment
- When your decision to agree to treatment or to a procedure is affected because the results were not given to you accurately.