Placing your health in the hands of a medical professional requires a certain degree of trust. It can sometimes be difficult to tell whether you’ve received the required standard of care. After all, some illnesses are more difficult to treat than others and some recoveries have their ups and downs, through no fault of the medical practitioner.
So how can you tell, objectively, whether it’s time to pick up the phone to medical negligence solicitors? There are at least five common scenarios worth looking out for.
1. A misdiagnosis or late diagnosis has caused further harm to your health.
The NHS pays out millions to compensate victims of misdiagnosis, every year. If your doctor mistakenly thought that you had something when you didn’t, it can be hugely consequential. Similarly, a late diagnosis can be disastrous in cases where early intervention is required. Of course, everyone makes mistakes – but if you can demonstrate that a reasonable professional in the same situation wouldn’t have made the same mistake, then you have a medical negligence claim.
2. A prescribed drug or medication has had an adverse effect on your health.
A doctor has to keep the nature of drugs in mind while prescribing them. All drugs carry some side effects with them, which can’t be neglected by a doctor while advising it to the patient. In case the medicines prescribed by the doctor has any adverse effect on your health, you can seek a claim of medical inattention.
3. An operation or procedure was carried out incorrectly.
Botched surgery is something that leaves the door wide open to a medical negligence claim. It’s usually easy for a competent solicitor to demonstrate that harm was done in these cases, particularly when further corrective surgery has been necessitated, or the patient’s health has deteriorated following the failure.
4. The level of care you received failed to meet your expectations.
Your subjective experience can help to indicate whether there’s a case to answer. If you feel that the care didn’t meet your expectations (presuming your expectations are realistic), then it might be worth listening to your intuition.
The crucial test here is whether the level of care caused your health to suffer. Note that this suffering doesn’t need to be physical – if your mental health has deteriorated as a result of your experience, then you could make a case.
5. You have been refused treatment for something that has later caused further issues.
A medical expert doesn’t need to perform any action to be convicted for medical inattention. Declining to take any action will result in them taking responsibility. If your health condition further deteriorated because of a decline of any medical assistance, then you will possibly have the case to proceed.
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