What is Medical Negligence?

Medical negligence, also known as clinical negligence, occurs when healthcare professionals cause physical or mental harm as a result of the care they provide. Doctors, surgeons, and nurses have a duty of care towards their patients, which obliges them to deliver treatment in accordance with the guidelines of “Good Medical Practice” set by the General Medical Council (GMC).

“Good medical practice” implies providing care at a level that a competent and qualified healthcare professional, with a similar background and expertise, would have offered under the same circumstances as the alleged incident of medical negligence.

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Following an initial free consultation, we will be able to quickly assess and confirm that we can handle your Medical Negligence Claim on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis. This guarantees that there is no risk to you in making the claim or in instructing Sheldon Davidson Solicitors to represent you. With our ‘No Win No Fee Claims’ promise, you can rest assured that in the highly unlikely event of an unsuccessful claim, you won’t face any financial burden. That means you won’t be liable for any legal fees, regardless of any work we may have already done. Your peace of mind is our top priority.

What are the different types of Medical Negligence?

Our dedicated team of Medical Negligence Solicitors in Plymouth is committed to providing comprehensive assistance to clients seeking help with a wide array of medical negligence claims. Whether it’s cases involving surgical errors, misdiagnosis, medication mistakes, or birth injuries, we handle each with utmost care and expertise. Rest assured, we understand the challenges you may be facing during these difficult times, and we are here to offer the support and legal representation you need to navigate this complex process effectively and seek the justice you deserve.

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Surgical Errors & Medical Accidents

Despite the UK’s commendable standards of medical care, there is still a possibility of complications in routine operations and procedures. Such errors can have long-lasting impacts on the individuals involved.

It’s important to note that surgical errors encompass more than just mistakes during surgery. For instance, improper administration of anaesthesia can result in significant pain and distress throughout the procedure.

Moreover, if you are not adequately informed about all the associated risks of a proposed procedure, this lack of knowledge could significantly influence your decision to proceed.

To ensure the highest quality of care and minimize potential risks or negative outcomes, utmost diligence and comprehensive communication are essential. Let’s prioritize patient safety and effective healthcare delivery.

Misdiagnosis

The incorrect diagnosis of a disease or a condition can have serious repercussions.

If a medical professional incorrectly assesses your health, it can lead to complications. Failing to identify a disease or condition that worsens your health may give rise to a misdiagnosis claim.

If you receive an erroneous diagnosis and subsequent improper treatment, it can potentially exacerbate your existing ailment. It is crucial to ensure accurate medical evaluations and appropriate care to safeguard your well-being.

Alternatively, one could have good health but receive a misdiagnosis for a disease or condition they do not actually possess. An inaccurate diagnosis can lead to significant distress for both the individual and their loved ones. For instance, being wrongly diagnosed with cancer. In such cases, there may be grounds for a claim due to the emotional harm endured.

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Delayed Diagnosis

Late diagnosis can be equally detrimental as misdiagnosis. In the majority of cases, the earlier your condition is identified, the more favorable the outcome. Most health issues are more manageable during their initial stages. However, in the case of diseases and conditions that can result in terminal illness, delayed diagnoses may have fatal consequences.

Poor Hygiene

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.

Defective Medical Device

A ‘medical device’ is any product, equipment, or implant used for a medical purpose in your treatment. When these products fail, the results can be life-threatening.  Strict testing standards are in place, but faults and defects do still occur.

Faults can arise in the design, manufacture, or application of a device, leading to claims against the party responsible for negligence. If you have experienced ineffective medical equipment, resulting in failed treatment, additional health problems, or prolonged suffering, you may be eligible for compensation.

Birth Injury

When the intricate process of childbirth necessitates medical assistance, we entrust our well-being to the capable hands of healthcare professionals. However, if errors occur, the repercussions can be devastating. If you believe that injuries were sustained by the mother or child during birth due to medical negligence, our Plymouth based medical negligence solicitors are ready to provide assistance and support.

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Medical Negligence Brain Injury

We understand the profound impact that an acquired brain injury can have on an individual and their loved ones. Rest assured, we are committed to handling your case with the utmost sensitivity and care it deserves. Our dedicated team will tirelessly work towards securing compensation not only for the harm caused to your family but also to ensure adequate coverage for any ongoing medical requirements. Brain injuries resulting from medical negligence can stem from a variety of factors, such as misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, improper medication, oxygen deprivation, or haemorrhage.

Cosmetic Surgery Negligence

With the growing prevalence of cosmetic surgery, unfortunately, there has also been a rise in incidents of substandard practice, leading to complications. Similar to all medical procedures, errors in cosmetic surgery can have profound health implications for patients, resulting in enduring pain and lasting damage. Additionally, patients may have to shoulder the financial burden of further treatment expenses to rectify the errors that were made.

Dental Negligence

Dental negligence could be virtually any situation in which a dentist has inflicted unnecessary pain or caused long-lasting damage as a result of a mistake or wrong decision.  If your dentist performs an incorrect procedure or fails to fully explain the associated health risks, this behaviour may also be considered negligent.

Dental negligence cases are highly intricate, with establishing fault of the dentist often proving arduous. Prior to initiating any legal proceedings, it is advisable to consult an experienced solicitor who can provide expert guidance on the most appropriate course of action.

Diabetes Negligence

If you believe you, or a loved one has suffered Diabetic complications that should have been preventable with proper care then call to speak with one of our expert lawyers today.

After a free initial conversation, we will be able to advise you whether you are entitled to pursue a claim for financial compensation.

Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are critical, lifelong health conditions that necessitate meticulous management to avert complications that can severely impact one’s quality of life, and in worst cases, even endanger it. Instances of medical negligence in diabetes treatment or management can have devastating consequences. Such negligence can manifest in various forms, including misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, substandard care and management, and inadequate support within the community.

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