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Medical Malpractice Cases

If you think you have been the victim of recent medical malpractice, then you may be able to make a case which takes your medical practitioner or provider to legal proceedings. Medical malpractice cases are becoming an increasingly successful way to achieve compensation for the negligent acts of others who you have entrusted your wellbeing with. Because of this, more and more medical malpractice cases are being won by people like you, which can help ensure that the rightful compensation is awarded for any untoward malpractice.

In the United Kingdom, both the National Health Service (NHS) and private medical practitioners can be liable for your health and wellbeing, should they be accused of acting negligently when you are under their care. Because of this you can make a claim in court to seek compensation for both economic and non-economic damages, which may have arisen as a result of their malpractice. This article will explain some of the situations where a medical malpractice claim may have the chance of succeeding in court proceedings, thereby getting you compensation.

What kinds of medical malpractice are suitable for legal case?

As with all medical malpractice cases, there are varying levels of severity and likeliness for a claim to be successful in the court of law. Because of this, it is important for the victim (known as the plaintiff) to be completely aware of the legal requirements of the medical practitioner when under their care.

Medical malpractice can be committed by almost anyone within the institution in which you are treated, so the same applies to a dentist as it would to a nurse in a hospital for example. As a general guideline, there are a few ways in which you can assess whether or not medical malpractice has occurred and if you have a case for filing legal proceedings. The common indicators for understanding whether or not medical malpractice has taken place includes:
  1. Your medical practitioner misdiagnoses your ailments and as a result, you receive inadequate or incorrect medical treatment. This could include situations whereby you are treated for a more serious disease, which runs the risk of damaging your organs due to higher strength medicines being administered.

  2. Your medical practitioner can also be liable if they do not give a full level of treatment whilst in their care. This may include failing to offer surgery when it may be clear that this is required. There are also example cases whereby medical instruments have been left inside the patients body following surgery, which have caused further internal injuries. Because of the likelihood for mistakes like this to be made from time to time, this is a strong point for a medical malpractice case.

  3. A medical practitioner may give have gained your consent or informed you fully of the risks associated with a certain type of surgery. In this case, you could sue for damages, as you may have not undergone the treatment had you known the associated risks with the procedure.
If you feel like you have been the victim of any of the above examples of medical malpractice then you may be suitable for starting a medical malpractice case. You may be entitled to monetary compensation for your suffering, so be sure to get what you are entitled to.

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