If you have been a blameless victim in a road traffic accident, Sheldon Davidson Solicitors are here to help you.
Our experienced lawyers can help you if you have suffered as a result of substandard medical care.
The term ‘medical negligence’ (also called ‘clinical negligence’) refers to a failure on the part of healthcare professionals to provide an acceptable level of care. Therefore, medical negligence can refer to many different types of failures.
Types of Cases We Commonly Handle
We handle many different types of medical negligence claims on behalf of clients. Some of the most common include:
Surgical Errors & Medical Accidents
Despite the UK’s high standards of medical care, there is still the possibility that something could go wrong in many routine operations and procedures. The consequences of such mistakes can affect victims for the rest of their lives.
Mid-operation mistakes are not the only kind of failures which fall into the category of surgical errors. If your anaesthetic is not carried out properly, this could cause you unnecessary pain and distress during the operation itself.
If you are not properly informed of all the risks associated with a proposed procedure, this could influence your decision to go ahead with it.
The incorrect diagnosis of a disease or a condition can have serious repercussions.
If a medical professional examines you and decides that you are healthy when you are not, this can cause problems. If they fail to recognise a disease or condition, and your health then worsens as a result, you may be entitled to make a misdiagnosis claim.
Alternatively, you could be examined and then diagnosed with the wrong ailment. If you then go on to receive incorrect treatment, this could potentially aggravate the ailment you do have.
On the other hand, you could be healthy but diagnosed as having a disease or a condition that you do not actually have. Incorrect diagnosis can cause a great deal of unnecessary distress for you and your loved ones – for example, if you are misdiagnosed as having cancer. In this instance, you may be able to make a claim because of the emotional damage suffered.
A late diagnosis can have just as harmful an effect as misdiagnosis. In the vast majority of cases, the sooner your condition is identified, the better. Most health problems are more treatable at the early stages.
With diseases and conditions which can lead to terminal illness, delayed diagnoses can have fatal consequences.
When hygiene standards are not upheld in hospitals and other healthcare facilities, the likelihood of infection becomes much greater, and can cause your existing medical condition to worsen. If you have already received treatment or undergone an operation, an infection caused by poor hygiene could massively impede your recovery.