When routine medical care including surgery goes wrong, a victim of clinical negligence can be left with mounting medical bills related to injury and a permanent loss of quality of life. Living with an injury related to clinical negligence can be difficult, and the responsible party should be held liable for the negligence that changed the victims life forever. Consulting a legal professional is the first step to getting the compensation needed after an injury is suffered.
What is Clinical Negligence?
Clinical negligence is a term that is used to describe medical malpractice. Although occasional accidents are expected to occur in the medical field, clinical negligence occurs when injury is caused to a patient because of the negligent behavior of a medical professional.
When a medical professional has duty of care in relation to a patient, a breach of this duty may occur. If this breach of duty of care can be proven to have caused an injury to the patient that resulted in damages, clinical negligence has occurred. Proof of duty of care, breach of duty, injury due to breach of duty of care and damages related to this injury must be proven in a court of law.
Examples of Clinical Negligence
Clinical negligence cases can vary widely in severity. Medical professionals may fail to practice due diligence when diagnosing a patient who goes on to experience serious symptoms because of the delay in diagnosis. This example of clinical negligence could occur for a patient who is found to have advanced cancer after a failure to properly diagnose the condition, or an infant could suffer from complications related to undiagnosed conditions present at birth.
Errors occurring while surgery is being performed can also lead to injury to a patient. The most well-known example of a mistake occurring during surgery is when surgical instruments are left in the patient after the surgery has been completed. This error can lead to serious complications that may leave permanent damage, and it is likely that negligence was to blame.
Prescribing drugs that cause health complications that could have been avoided if a review of the patient’s medical history was completed can also be considered a form of clinical negligence. Failure to review medical history can lead to the prescribing of a drug that is dangerous for the patient, missing a diagnosis completely or failing to provide proper emergency medical care.
Clinical negligence can cause serious, permanent medical conditions or even death.
Getting Help with Clinical Negligence
Victims of clinical negligence need to seek legal assistance in order to get the help they need to pursue much-needed compensation. Injuries sustained as the result of clinical negligence can lead to financial losses related to medical bills and loss of income, but there are often non-monetary losses suffered in the form of a loss of quality of life. If you or a loved one has been the victim of clinical negligence, contact a personal injury lawyer to get the compensation you need and deserve.