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Medical Professional Claims

Medical NegligenceMedical professionals provide an excellent job under extremely trying circumstances, although when inevitably mistakes are made in their profession they can be lead to serious injury to the patient. If an injury has been caused by the error of a medical professional it could give rise to a claim for medical negligence compensation.

Cases of medical negligence have been brought against the following groups of medical professionals in the past –

  • District nurses
  • GPs
  • Midwives
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physiotherapists

Common types of medical negligence claims in this area include –

GP’s failing to diagnose a treatable condition. Many symptoms for more serious conditions can be shared with lesser serious conditions – if a GP is under time pressures it is possible to misdiagnose or miss symptoms entirely which can contribute to delaying treatment and prolonging the pain and distress of the patient.

GP’s failing to refer a patient. A General Practitioner is exactly that – a doctor that has a very wide but very general knowledge of medicine. In the event of an injury or illness that is outside the realms of the GP’s sphere of knowledge, they should refer the patient to a specialist for assessment and treatment. If no referral is forthcoming then the patient may continue to suffer as a result of their condition or the condition may become permanent.

Errors with prescriptions. This can be an extremely serious problem which at the lower end of the scale can leave a patient in pain, to causing disabilities, or even death. In extreme cases of prescription errors afflictions such as brain damage, blindness, mental disorders, allergic reactions and deaths have been known to have occurred due to an incorrect medicine having been prescribed.

If you are considering making a medical negligence claim after against a healthcare professional whose conduct could be considered as negligent you may wish to view the following sections.

Who can make a claim for medical negligence?

Are there time limits for making a medical negligence claim?

How much would my medical negligence claim be worth?

How do I make a claim for medical negligence?