WHAT IS CLINICAL NEGLIGENCE?
Clinical Negligence and Clinical Negligence Claims
Those who have suffered because of a medical mistake often wonder what they should do next, where they should turn, and whether they even have a case. When it comes to medical malpractice, there needs to be evidence of criminal negligence, also called medical negligence. This simply means that the conduct of the medical professional was below the standards that are required of them, and their patient suffered harm because of that negligence.
How does clinical negligence occur?
While this may not be common, it does happen with more frequency than many people realize. Clinical negligence claims could be filed for surgical errors, for example. Surgeries can be traumatic experiences for the body, but when there is negligence involved, the results can be catastrophic. Some of the types of surgical errors that would be considered negligence include carrying out unnecessary surgeries, a poorly conducted operation, mistakes with the anesthesia, defective implants, objects left in the body, and mistakes made with cosmetic surgery.
However, there are other types of clinical negligence, as well. Misdiagnosis would fall into this category. The doctor might have misread the results of a test, or they might overlook symptoms or injuries that should have been treated. Other times, the doctor might not have referred the patient to get the proper tests.
Hospital negligence is often included in clinical negligence claims, as well. The staff at the hospital, when negligent in their care, can cause serious harm for their patients. There could have been treatment delays, pressure sores, negligent care on the ward, mistakes made with medication, or poor hygiene that leads to infections.
What to do if you think you have a claim
As you can see, there are many types of clinical negligence that could end up leading to legal claims. If you or a loved one has been injured in this manner, you need to make sure you get the justice that you deserve. This means you will want to speak with a legal professional who can look at your case and determine whether you have a clinical negligence claim. Working with an attorney can finally give you the peace of mind that you and your family deserve.
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