Hundreds of claims are successfully made every year for incidents of clinical negligence in hospitals, doctors’ surgeries and dentists’ surgeries. In fact, claims for medical negligence compensation have increased in recent years, possibly due to the raised awareness of claims, wider reaching information on how to claim and more successful claims made leading to more solicitors willing to take on more complex or difficult cases.
Many incidents of malpractice during surgical procedures have been claimed for in recent years. These sorts of claims can range from instruments or swabs being left inside body cavities, negligence of surgeons to perform the correct procedure on the patient, surgical procedures performed which turned out to be unnecessary, and failure to warn the patient of risks from the surgery prior to proceeding, to removal of incorrect organs, and so on. These incorrect procedures can seriously affect the patient and may even cause permanent and irreversible damage, but the effects are not always purely physical. The stress and disruption caused to individuals who have undergone unnecessary surgery, for example, can be damaging and affect daily life, including the ability to work, perform normal daily tasks and look after children. Any malpractice by a surgeon is serious and should be pursued to find out if a claim can be raised for compensation.
Although dentistry is often considered separately from medical practice, there are many potential hazards that can result in claims made against dentists. Many people have private dental care as opposed to registering with an NHS dentist, but this does not stop them from claiming against a private practitioner if something goes wrong. There are a variety of specifics that claims are raised against. These include failed or negligently placed implants, the extraction of an incorrect tooth, fractures in teeth due to dental treatment, misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, or any other kind of negligent surgery, whether for clinical or cosmetic reasons. However, poor treatment generally is a reason in itself to claim against your dentist as if the service they provide is not adequate and leads to harm or suffering on your part, you are entitled to compensation.
Many claims are also made for injuries that take place at the birth of the child, whether to the mother giving birth or to the child itself, that could have been avoided were it not for negligent treatment on the part of the medical professionals overseeing the birth. Often, a failure to act quickly when it is clear from readings that an unborn baby is in distress can result in asphyxia in a child, which means that not enough oxygen is getting to their brain. The result of this is that the brain can be damaged and lifelong conditions can be the result such as cerebral palsy. This is a common reason for claiming against injuries occurring at birth, and this sort of negligence case can result in significant compensation claims.
Compensation claims for medical negligence are not limited to the scenarios described above. There are many unique cases where compensation could be awarded, so if you are unsure it is always best to speak to a legal professional who can give advice and help at this difficult time.