Clinical, Medical & Professional Negligence

Clinical & Medical Negligence
Millions of people are treated by doctors, dentists, nurses and other health care workers every year. Fortunately, the standard of healthcare in this country is usually high and we can place trust in our health professionals. However, sometimes things do go wrong and if they do you need to choose a solicitor who specialises in medical negligence claims.

Below is a list of the common types of negligence that we see:
Misdiagnosis
Surgical errors
Negligent Nursing care
Dental negligence
Hospital Acquired Infections

There are a number of elements to establishing that medical treatment was negligent. This means showing that the standard of care fell below what could "reasonably have been expected”. Medical opinion often differs over treatment for a particular ailment and it is a valid defence if it can be shown that the treatment was in accordance with the views of "a responsible body of medical opinion".

Even if you can establish negligence you then have to prove that the negligence actually caused the injury. This is often the trickiest part of the case. The medical practitioner may claim that the injury arose from the illness itself and not from the treatment; or that the injury would have come about in any event. Detailed medical evidence will be called with specialists arguing for each side.

Recent Successes
Act for an individual who sustained an injury to her leg after being given an overdose and subsequently falling out of bed. The individual sustained soft tissue injuries, she recovered £6,000.

£15,000 recovered for an individual who sustained a fracture to her amputated leg following negligent nursing care.

For immediate, confidential and free initial advice, please contact our Personal Injury Team on 0800 015 2568.

Susan Marsh- 01392 209218. Email: susan.marsh@rundlewalker.com
Lisa McArthur- 01392 209211. Email: lisa.mcarthur@rundlewalker.com
Lindsay Fowler- 01392 209203. Email: lindsay.fowler@rundlewalker.com

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