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Medical Negligence

Introduction to Medical Negligence

The array of acts of medical malpractice includes the term of medical negligence. These acts refer to medical care that has resulted in the injury of a patient caused by the negligence or omission of a medical professional. If the patient's family or the patient himself believes a medical malpractice has occurred during the period in which he received medical care, than the injured party is entitled to take legal action against the biased medical specialist. The legal regulations regard such cases as falling under the category of personal injury law.

When it comes to receiving medical care, the patient has the right to be treated according to a certain standard of medical quality. Thus, medical negligence occurs when professionals move away from the designated standards of medical practice. Medical negligence sums up a variety of irresponsible medical acts, some of which are characterised by a medical error or by the indifference showed as a result of some actions not being taken, although the patient's condition demanded them.

Why does Medical Negligence Occur and who may be Held Responsible for a Medical Bias?

There are several reasons why a medical doctor may act inappropriately, leading to a case of medical negligence. And it's not only a doctor that may be held responsible for malpractice, but also any person who takes up a role in a patient's medical care, including nurses. These members of the medical personnel can commit medical negligence due to inadequate care, the lack of proper skills or because they are working against the clock. In addition, not only professionals responsible for adequately caring for the patient can be held liable for malpractice, but also the medical facility itself can be charged in a case of medical negligence.

Negative Experience versus Medical Negligence

Not all acts can be regarded as malpractice, and the person claiming to be a victim of medical negligence must show that he has suffered some harm. Medical negligence is not an excuse for prosecuting medical professionals for not being able to cure a condition, nor it is an excuse to take up revenge for being dissatisfied by the care being given in a medical facility. A case of malpractice may be taken into court only if the patient was harmed as a result of the medical doctor or the facility's act of negligence.

Consequences of Medical Negligence

If found guilty by a Court of Law, parties may be subject to suspension from practice, revocation of professional license, financial compensation of victims and even jail time.

Examples of Medical Negligence

There are all sorts of acts of medical malpractice that may occur during a patient's care. Instances of medical negligence may be different however. They can be grouped into one of the following sections: the failure to establish an accurate diagnosis, failure to diagnose in time, error during surgery, error relating to anaesthesia, failure to treat in a timely fashion, failure to follow up with treatments, as well as errors regarding to medication and prescriptions.

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