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Medical Malpractice Statistics

Medical malpractice is an extremely serious issue as it puts the patient’s health at considerable risk. It is no wonder, then, that an increasing number of people are choosing to sue for compensation when they feel that they have been the victims of medical malpractice – and it has only just recently come to light how much the NHS has actually been forced to fork out on medical negligence claims in the past decade. The number is shocking, and goes some way to show just how poor the state of the NHS currently is – add to that the fact that up to 39% of medical malpractice occurrences don’t even get reported, and the situation is looking very dire indeed.

The Numbers

So what are these shocking medical malpractice statistics I mentioned above? A recent Freedom of Information act has recently revealed that the NHS has spent no less than £112 million British Pounds on medical negligence claims in the past five years – that’s over £20 million a year! The worst part is, that’s all due to one failure – the overall cost of medical negligence has not been specified – which is blood clots. Indeed, an estimated 10,000 lives are said to have been lost in the past year alone due to doctor’s failure to screen patients for blood clots, according to an independent health watchdog. This is all despite the fact that an estimated 39% of all medical negligence occurrences don’t even get reported.

There can be absolutely no doubt, then, that the overall medical malpractice statistics claims figure would be staggering. The amount of unnecessary pain and suffering this causes not only patients, but their near and dear, is unfathomable.

I Have Suffered From Negligence – What Can I Do?

If you believe yourself to have suffered unnecessarily due to the negligence of one or several health professionals in charge of your treatment, you may be able to claim for compensation. The first port of call is to read up on your rights as a patient, and these are outlined by the General Medical Council – GMC – through their web portal on http://www.gmc-uk.org. Should you still be convinced that you are eligible to claim for compensation, the next step in the process is to contact a medical malpractice law firm.

The easiest way to find a local law firm that specialises in medical malpractice is to contact your local social security office, as these will have the contact details for relevant law practitioners. Their lawyers will then be able to determine with a fairly high degree of certainty your chances of a successful clam – they do this partly through accessing medical malpractice statistics from cases similar to your own, which may often not be publically available. The lawyer/s assigned to your case will then build a solid foundation for the claim by looking at previous cases of a similar nature to your own, as well as the details of your situation, before filing a claim with the relevant medical institution.