According to statistics, the NHS in England and Wales treats a million people every thirty-six hours, and in 2014/15, carried out almost ten million operations, a figure that is on the rise. Across the country in the same time period, Accident and Emergency departments saw almost twenty million patients, and around fifteen million individuals were admitted to hospital. However, whilst the NHS may have been rated one of the best healthcare systems in the world in terms of safe care, efficiency and patient focus, it’s inevitable that mistakes can happen when dealing with such large numbers of patients. If avoidable errors or complications occur that result in a patient’s life being impacted negatively, making a medical negligence claim can help.
We’ve listed some of the most common types of medical negligence claim in the UK.
1. Medical Misdiagnosis
For patients, the failure to have their condition correctly diagnosed can lead to unnecessary pain and suffering. According to the Daily Telegraph, around one in six NHS patients had their condition misdiagnosed in 2009. In general, medical negligence occurs when a condition is completely missed and left to go untreated, or when an incorrect diagnosis is made, often leading to incorrect medication or treatment which in some cases may make the condition worse or even be dangerous. In fact, failing to provide a correct diagnosis, or incorrectly diagnosing a condition can lead to life-threatening risks for the patient.
2. Surgical Negligence
Whilst a huge majority of operations that are performed in the UK are usually successful, this isn’t to say that mistakes are never made. Certain types of surgical errors are considered so serious that they are labelled by the governments as events that should never happen. These include issues such as the wrong part of the body being operated on, the wrong operation being performed, surgical objects or other foreign objects being left in the body, organs being perforated, infection caused by poor hygiene practice, or cosmetic surgery that results in scarring or disfigurement. If you believe that any of these events have happened to you during an operation, then get in touch with the patient claim line today.
3. Negligent Medical Advice
Another common form of medical negligence is when the wrong advice is given to a patient about treating their condition. Medical professionals are required to provide patients with clear and full information about the risks of a procedure along with providing details of any alternatives that may be available. In the event of surgery, this is required to allow patients the opportunity to make an informed decision regarding whether they want to go ahead with the operation. If you have had treatment where something has gone wrong and the medical professional failed to give you the correct advice and information at the outset, then you may be entitled to make a medical negligence claim. You can contact the patient claimline for more information.
4. Prescription Errors
Every day, hundreds of different prescriptions are written and dispensed for NHS patients all around the world. However, whilst the majority of prescriptions are thankfully processed correctly, errors can occur. For many patients, taking the wrong type or dose of medication can lead to serious consequences, including digestive problems, mental health complications, allergic reactions, brain damage, and in some cases, may even be fatal.
Common prescription negligence issues include medications being prescribed together when they have a dangerous interaction, the wrong medication being prescribed, or the wrong dosage being prescribed. Be sure to always double check your prescriptions to ensure that you have been given the right medication.
5. Injuries in Pregnancy and Birth
Just under five babies are born each second in the world on average. In 2012, there were almost 700,000 births in England alone. Whilst most births will go without any unexpected errors, there are cases where injuries and other complications can occur. When something goes wrong during pregnancy or childbirth due to medical negligence, it can have devastating consequences. Common pregnancy and birth injury and illness claims include maternal or gestational diabetes due to negligent advice, pre-eclampsia, and uterine or placental abruption. Although these can all occur naturally even with attentive care, mothers who feel that it could have been avoided with better medical care may be eligible to file a medical negligence claim. Wrongful birth cases, for example, failed vasectomy or sterilization that results in pregnancy and birth may also be filed under medical negligence. In some cases, parents may be able to claim if they were not warned that their child may be born with a certain disability.
If you suspect that you have been a victim of medical negligence in the UK, then adults have three years from the event in which to issue a claim at Court. This time period runs from the date of the negligence or the date in which you first became aware.