Medical negligence, also known as medical malpractice, occurs when a healthcare provider such as a doctor, nurse or a hospital fails to meet the accepted standards of practice within the medical community, leading to harm, injury or death of the patient. It usually involves acts or omissions that deviate from the expected level of care a patient requires. It can encompass various scenarios such as misdiagnosis, surgical errors, medication mistakes, birth injuries, anaesthesia errors, failure to obtain informed consent and inadequate treatment or follow-up care.
The standard of care that is expected and required in medical practice is determined by considering the expertise and knowledge that a reasonably competent healthcare professional in the same field would exercise in similar circumstances. Any deviation from these standards can lead to harm.
At Ferrys Solicitors LLP, our dedicated team of medical negligence solicitors lead by Gillian Browne have the necessary experience and skill to diligently advocate for your rights, ensuring the best possible outcome in your case. We understand the upset that follows a medical error and we are committed to safeguarding our client’s interests while seeking appropriate redress for the harm they have endured.
Medical negligence events can have a profound impact on patients both physically and emotionally. They may experience worsening health conditions, prolonged recovery periods, and additional medical complications. They may require further interventions and face significant financial burdens, including medical expenses and lost wages. They often endure distress, anxiety, and a loss of trust in the healthcare system. The consequences often affect families who witness their loved ones suffer, as they do their best to provide support. That is why we are particularly empathetic towards our clients who have endured suffering at the hands of medical professionals.
It is important to acknowledge that not all medical errors automatically imply negligence as there can be various contributing factors that are beyond the control of the healthcare providers. The distinction between an honest mistake and negligence is often determined by evaluating the overall quality of care provided.
In order to proceed with a medical negligence case, the patient’s medical records and the specific circumstances surrounding the case are examined by an expert medical professional who will compile a report based on their opinion of the care that was provided. This report forms the basis of the legal case.
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Statute of limitations in Medical Negligence cases:
It is important to note, that in most medical negligence cases there is a two-year time limit from the date of the incident or the date of knowledge, to issue court proceedings.
Gathering information and medical notes can be time consuming. Once those notes are in your solicitor’s possession, an expert medical report is requested. Again, this can be a lengthy process.
Given the time required to prepare a case, it is important to consult with an expert medical negligence solicitor as soon as possible, if you believe you may have a case. Contact us today to discuss your case.
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