Healthcare professionals around the world are responsible for the wellbeing of countless people. In the UK alone, there are over 16 million visits to A&E departments every year which proves just how many people end up under the care of doctors and nurses.
With a number this high, mistakes are bound to be made from time to time, even if the healthcare professional is trying their best. This is known as medical negligence and the consequences can be astronomical. Did you know that in 2018, medical negligence was USA’s third-biggest killer across the entire country?
Think medical negligence may have come into play with your treatment? This article will aim to inform and educate you on the signs of this happening. Read on to find out more about medical negligence and how to spot it.
Spotting medical negligence
Medical negligence comes in many different forms but knowing how to identify them can sometimes be tricky. Here’s how to spot medical negligence and what should you do if it occurs.
Following a painful injury or a digression of mental state, one of the main things you would be hoping for is gradual progression to recovery.
When your treatment, however, does not seem to work or your condition begins to worsen, there may be a problem and if your doctor has not taken your concerns seriously, then negligence may be in play.
Duty of care not followed
The next step is to prove that the doctor has not followed their duty of care. There are three steps to prove this.
Confirm that the medical practitioner owed a duty of care to the patent.
The duty of care was breached.
The patient suffered harm as a result of this.
Once this has been confirmed, negligence is apparent and you’ll have to identify the exact type of negligence before contacting your solicitor.
Identify the type of negligence
There are several types of medical negligence, varying in severity. They include:
- Surgical negligence
- Prescription error
- Long-term negligent treatment
- Negligent medical advice
- Pregnancy injuries
- Dental negligence
- Negligent cosmetic care
Now that you have collected your evidence against the hospital’s negligence, it’s time to get in touch with a solicitor. Keep your solicitor up to date with your condition and provide them with as much evidence as possible. This will increase your chances of a successful claim.