The UK has a really top-notch healthcare system, with the government always striving to improve the structure by providing its citizen all the best facilities and giving out sufficient funds to all hospitals. Although high standards are always maintained, the NHS still has to put aside billions of pounds every year from their budget to cover for the medical negligence claims.
When you’re in pain, the first thing you do is seek a trusted medical professional to get the treated. You go to the hospital thinking that the medical professionals will only work for your best interests and make efforts to make sure all your issues are resolved. In most cases, this is true, but there we do witness certain instances where negligence prevails. Every year there are several medical negligence claims because doctors fail to fulfill their duties.
If you or someone close to you finds themselves in a position where the medical professionals have committed an error or demonstrated negligence, as a result of which injuries and illnesses were developed, connect with Wallace Legal to save yourself from medical negligence in Scotland. Our highly skilled and experiences solicitors are well aware of the sensitivity of claim cases. They know how to get you the compensation money you’re entitled to.
Speaking of medical negligence, there is a multitude of factors that lead to such mishaps. Let’s discuss some of the most prominent ones.
- Treatment Delays
There’s no doubt that the NHS has been working to improve their processes. However, people still suffer from delays in their treatment. Delays in treatment are the leading cause for medical negligence, according to statistics. Not tending to an ill patient, or delaying treatment of any patient causes deterioration of their already bad condition. As a result, the condition only gets worse, and also leads to death in some cases. There are a plethora of reports that prove how patients were made to wait for weeks and months to get operated for painful conditions. Furthermore, many maternity wards have also witnessed delays. Interestingly, the maternity wards account for almost half of the total medical negligence claims.
The Government is making efforts to improve the standards, but there are still some less-funded hospitals and medical facilities that don’t have access to latest machinery and certified doctors. Since these hospitals often charge less as compared to the fully funded ones, a vast majority choose to get treated here. When a patient gets a misdiagnosis, they will have to wait for a long time before they receive another proper diagnosis and ultimately the right treatment. Treatment for an illness that was wrongly diagnosed, will definitely put obstacles in the recovery process, leading to more problems rather than betterment. There have been a rich profusion of misdiagnosis cases in the UK, where doctors and technicians could not determine the root cause of the problem, or when they did, it was too late.
- Wrong Medicines
Another most common cause of medical negligence is prescription of wrong medicines, which should not happen at any cost. There are so many cases where either the patients were given too many medicines or prescribed a completely wrong medicine for their illness; all these factors can lead to devastating outcomes. There have been examples where patients consulted the doctor for minor pain, and their painkiller dosages were doubled or tripled, which lead to serious conditions, and even death. All this comes under the negligence of the medical staff.
- Surgical Errors
It’s safe to say that any error occurring on the operating table is always unintentional. However, these errors are always considered as negligence. There are abundant cases where surgical instruments were left in the body before stitching it up, or the surgeons mistakenly operated on the wrong area.
All the above-mentioned cases are quite common in the UK. If you or anyone you know has experienced such negligence, which led to your pain or suffering, know that you’re entitled to file a claim against them and win monetary compensation. Get in touch with us to get a free consultation on all the legal matters and get the best service on a no win no fee basis.