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Medical Malpractice Information

Medical malpractice is a complex area of law, but one that is very important as being given the wrong diagnosis or treatment, or any other form of medical negligence, can have fatal consequences. Not only may the patient suffer far more pain than what is necessary – both mentally and physically – but it could also lead to the loss of a life. In cases of medical negligence, the patient and/or their dependents (spouses, children) are entitled to compensation for their suffering or loss; while this won’t put things right, it may go some way towards easing their suffering.

What Is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice is when a medical professional – such as a nurse, dentist or doctor – is deemed to have been negligent in their treatment of a patient. This can include making a wrong diagnosis, taking too long to diagnose, or prescribing the wrong treatment (which could be no treatment at all) or doing anything which is not in accordance with the medical code of conduct. More information of the UK medical code of conduct can be found at the General Medical Council’s website, which is available at http://www.gmc-uk.org.

So What Can I Claim For?

The list of what you can claim for is very long indeed. The first question you need ask yourself is, simply, “have I suffered unnecessarily?” and if the answer to that question is a resounding “yes!” then chances are you may have the grounds for a legal claim. If, for example, your doctor fails to diagnose you within a reasonable length of time or if s/he prescribes the incorrect treatment, this is often the grounds for a solid claim. It is also important to know that undue pain is not limited to physical ditto, but also stretches to psychological suffering. For example, being incorrectly diagnosed as dying would cause considerably distress, and this is without doubt a solid ground upon which to build a medical compensation claim.

You can also claim for the loss of a spouse or child, should their death have been caused by negligence on behalf of their doctor/s.

How Do I Know if I Have a Case?

Determining whether or not you have a case for yourself is incredibly complex and would in many cases require weeks, of not months, of research. As with any area of law, it is recommended that you do not try to build your own case, but contact a legal professional. If you are unable to cover the costs a lawyer, there are several no-win no-fee law firms available (such as InjuryLaywers4You and National Accident Helpline); these are also more than happy to provide medical malpractice information of a more general nature, which will make it easier for you to understand what constitutes a legal claim. Several smaller law firms will also be happy to provide free consultations, so long as you agree to use them should it be determined that you have a case. Indeed, any successful legal action will require the losing party to cover your legal costs.