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What Are the Most Common Medical Negligence Claims?

04 November 2021

Robert Clarke

Medical Negligence Writing

When you seek medical attention for a health concern or emergency, you expect to be treated with the utmost care and attention. Even though the NHS and private healthcare facilities treat millions of people each year, medical negligence and mistakes can still occur. When errors that could potentially have been avoided decrease your quality of life or cause you significant distress, you could be entitled to make a medical negligence compensation claim, which our qualified solicitors in Doncaster and Sheffield can assist with.

Here at Taylor Bracewell, we have years of experience in handling a wide range of medical negligence cases. We even provide ‘No Win, no Fee’ agreements, while ever the law permits. We understand how distressing being the victim of medical negligence can be, allowing us to provide you with professional legal advice that is compassionate and free of judgement. There are various examples of negligence, but some are more common than others.

 

Misdiagnosis

When you visit your local medical professional with a medical issue, it can be incredibly frustrating when you do not get a diagnosis, even when you can tell something isn’t quite right. Sometimes, patients can even be misdiagnosed, leading to increased pain and suffering. Conditions such as cancer, meningitis and diabetes are commonly misdiagnosed and can cause significant stress and concern. 

If you believe you have been misdiagnosed, it is recommended that you seek advice from a professional medical negligence solicitor as soon as possible. You can read more about our various legal services here.

 

Surgical Negligence

The vast majority of surgeries in the UK go ahead without any faults. However, mistakes can happen, and they can leave patients with significant injuries. Common types of surgical negligence include, but are not limited to:

  • Infection as a result of poor hygiene
  • Performing the wrong operation 
  • Nerve damage
  • Scarring or disfigurement

Seeking advice from medical negligence lawyers can not only help you build your case, but can help you negotiate a better compensation deal.

 

Pregnancy and Birth Injuries

During pregnancy, a woman will attend routine check-ups with her midwife leading up to the birth where her overall health and the progress of her child is monitored. Negligence can occur both during pregnancy and even at birth. Common examples of pregnancy and birth injuries include:

  • Stillbirth or neonatal negligence
  • Complications during pregnancy that could have been identified and controlled
  • Injury to the mother or baby during or after birth
  • Failed sterilisation

 

Prescription and Medication Complications

Healthcare and medical professionals have a duty of care when looking after their patients, such as administering the correct medication and ensuring all data and appointments are confidential. Providing the wrong medication or dosage can have severe consequences, and could even be fatal in some cases. Such issues can lead to physical and internal injury, such as an allergic reaction, brain damage and digestion problems.

If you have been the victim of medical negligence, our qualified solicitors in Doncaster and Sheffield can assess your claim and advise on the very best course of action to help you settle for compensation. If you would like to find out more, or to arrange a consultation, please fill out our online contact form here.