TYPES OF MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE
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Experiencing an amputation as a result of medical negligence can be devastating. You may feel that you have lost your independence and are now reliant on others to carry out many day-to-day activities. You may also now be unable to work and have difficulties moving around your home.
ACCIDENT & EMERGENCY / PARAMEDICS
It is well documented in the media that the nature of the work of paramedics and medical practitioners in Accident & Emergency Departments is extremely stressful and is often delivered in a high pressure environment, with a significant number of patients requiring treatment for various types of injuries and illnesses on any one day.
Having a baby should be one of the most magical times of your life. You have cared for a nurtured your growing baby for nine months and expectations run extremely high in the lead-up to the birth. This can make it all the more disappointing when mistakes happen, however minor; and these mistakes can often have a long-lasting psychiatric, if not physical impact on both the infant and their families.
Brain Damage is caused when the brain is starved of oxygen due to lack of blood flow. This oxygen starvation can cause the brain tissue to die and this brain injury will manifest itself as what we commonly refer to as ‘brain damage’.
Being diagnosed with cancer is devastating, not only for the person suffering from the disease, but also for their loved ones. Receiving a diagnosis can be made worse when you believe that it was possible that the diagnosis should have been made sooner, or that you would not have developed the disease, if not for someone’s negligence.
Many people dislike going to the dentist, but the experience can be made so much worse if you have been the victim of a mistake in your treatment.
If you have been given the wrong medication by your pharmacist, you may well have a viable claim.
FATAL INJURIES / INQUESTS
When someone has died as a result of a medical accident, we understand that no amount of compensation can ever make up for what has happened. We also understand that it can be extremely important for the person’s loved ones to get answers about how their death could possibly have come about and to receive reassurances that similar mistakes will not be made in the future.
Your GP is often the only medical professional who you come into contact with on a regular basis and as such, you are likely to develop a much closer personal relationship with them than any other medics who provide you with treatment.
GERIATRICS / CARE HOME NEGLIGENCE
It is a sad fact of life that as we age, we become less independent and more reliant upon medical treatment and at times can also need care which is provided on a residential basis.
OBSTETRICS & GYNAECOLOGY
Expecting a child should be a special time for parents and a medical mistake can often taint not only the pregnancy, but can often leave long lasting damage.
Orthopaedic claims can relate to anything from failure to appropriately diagnose and treat a degenerative condition, resulting in an acceleration or exacerbation of symptoms, to a failure to diagnose and treat a fracture, or failures during the course of orthopaedic surgery, such as fracture repairs or hip or knee replacement procedures, among other things.
It can be an extremely difficult and challenging time for a family when a child is ill and this can be made more difficult if there is either a delay in diagnosing their condition, causing them unnecessary pain and suffering, or when a difficult decision is made for the child to receive potentially invasive treatment, and this goes wrong.
PLASTIC / COSMETIC SURGERY
Cosmetic Surgery can involve a number of different types of treatment, whether the surgery is performed to correct a physical deformity, or to improve your confidence by making you feel more comfortable about your body and appearance.
A spinal injury has the potential to result in paralysis causing an injury which will have a devastating impact on your life. It can also involve something more minor, but which can still cause a significant amount of disruption to your day-to-day life, including your ability to care for yourself and look after your home and children independently. It can also impact on your ability to earn a living and support your family.
It is not unheard of for something to go wrong during surgery. No two bodies are identical and it is accepted that, until the point when the surgery is underway, surgeons are to some extent, working ‘blind’, without a full picture of what they will encounter during the course of the surgery.
ANY OTHER MEDICAL SPECIALITY
Just because you have not been able to find a reference to the area of medicine that you have concerns about in our list, this does not mean that you do not have a claim.