Medical Negligence Claims
Even the best professionals do occasionally get it wrong. If you have been injured during the course of medical treatment by a GP, Surgeon, nurse, dentist or other medical practitioner, you may be able to seek compensation.
What is medical negligence?
We want to come into contact with the medical profession as infrequently as possible. Obviously when we do, we are vulnerable because we are suffering from an injury or illness. If that medical practitioner is negligent or careless, then the consequences for you may be very serious indeed.
Medical negligence is the failure of a medical practitioner to meet certain minimum standards in looking after you. The standard a medical professional must meet is the standard regarded as acceptable for another ordinary doctor. Essentially, the question is: would the ordinary reasonable doctor have administered this treatment/made this diagnosis/used this technique? If the answer is no, and you suffer from an injury, then you may be able to seek compensation.
Medical negligence may arise through, among other things:
• Miscommunication: the doctor or nurse may fail to make you aware of the risks of a procedure, or they may fail to communicate the details of your treatment effectively among themselves leading to you getting the wrong treatment or the wrong dose.
• Errors in administering the treatment. The wrong medication may be administered or the wrong dose may be given. This, in turn, may lead to serious side-effects.
• Misdiagnosis: The doctor may misdiagnose the illness, causing you under stress and worry, or subjecting you to unnecessary treatment.
• Surgical errors: negligence in performing medical procedures leading to injury.Medical negligence law in Scotland is very well developed as a great many medical negligence cases have been successfully pursued through the courts here. If you have been injured as a result of defective medical treatment, contact our expert medical negligence solicitors today.
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