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  • Medical Negligence And How To Anticipate It 0 comments
    Oct 12, 2012 9:29 PM

    Medical negligence is identified as the deviation by any health care professional from the standards of care expected from him or her. It is notoriously difficult to prove for a number of reasons. Thus, it is more expedient to avoid becoming a victim of one at all.

    Why are Medical Negligence Cases Normally Hard to Prove?
    Medical negligence claimants have a hard time winning their case because of several reasons. First, they are confronting two issues at once: they need to recover from their hospital injuries and at the same time finish all the necessary legal requirements, such as filling in paperwork and contacting solicitors. Second, they also need experts to bolster their claim, but independent health experts are not too keen on representing claimants in court because of the risks involved in being part of a lawsuit. Third, even if claimants can find experts to represent them, their expert might be contradicted by other experts. Finally, claimants also have to present evidence to prove their claim, but usually the most significant articles of evidence are medical records, most of which are kept confidential by hospitals.

    How can Medical Negligence be Avoided?
    For as long as all health care professionals are human beings, medical negligence, in one way or another, can never be completely avoided. As medical negligence results in an error made by a doctor or a nurse following his or her orders, patients should understand that occasionally such errors will be inevitably made.

    Occasional errors aside, a concrete way of avoiding medical negligence is to avoid doctors with questionable backgrounds. For example, the latest Clinical Negligence Annual Report by Penningtons Solicitors LLP noted that some doctors who were accused of medical malpractice were still permitted to work. Of the 102 doctors accused by the General Medical Council, the report said that only 40 had been removed from service. One way you can ensure that you will not be a victim of medical negligence is by checking first if your doctor is one of those accused. Although they are only accused and not yet convicted, your health is a matter you should never take unnecessary risks in.

    Another way of avoiding medical negligence is by avoiding hospitals with negative reputations. For example, if you are a woman needing maternity care, then you might want to rethink your decision of going to the King George Hospital and the Queen's Hospital. The reason is because the Care Quality Commission has published a report on the failings of the Barking, Havering, and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUHT), with these two hospitals in mind. According to this report, five women have died in the last 18 months because of the substandard quality of their care.

    Thus, medical negligence is not always due to honest mistakes, but sometimes to incapability and lack of learning. In order to avoid suffering it, you should always ensure that not only the doctors you consult, but also the hospitals you visit are always reputable and safe.

    Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it. I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

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