Medical negligence, or medical malpractice, is when a health worker does not provide the accepted standard of care, resulting in injury, damage or even death. The measure applied is whether another professional in similar circumstances would have acted in the same way. In other words, in a similar emergency or circumstance, with the same complications and conditions, would another health worker have made the same diagnoses, surgical error or mistake? If the answer to this question is “No” there could be a case for medical negligence. A thorough investigation is required to establish if medical negligence has occurred. This requires that the patient’s medical records be closely scrutinised. The opinion of respected medical experts is required if a claim is to be successful.
Why should someone pursue a claim for medical negligence?
When a person sustains a severe injury, the quality of his or her future can become uncertain. Medical care is expensive, and the person may require current as well as future care. If the injury has left them disabled, they may need specialist equipment or even constant care. A loss of earnings could have occurred, and their ability to earn a living in the future may be impacted. Through no fault of their own, they will be faced with difficult circumstances. A successful and appropriate settlement will provide them with the financial means so that they can attempt to rebuild their lives.
Who can assist with a Medical Negligence Claim?
Paul du Plessis Attorneys specialise in cases of Medical Negligence. This firm is well respected in the field of medical law. With access to leading medical experts, they will ensure that your case is properly assessed and your claim accurately quantified. Paul du Plessis Attorneys have helped achieve excellent and appropriate settlements for clients whose lives have been negatively impacted due to the negligence of others. If you think your injuries can be attributed to negligence do not delay, and contact Paul for advice. Hospitals and medical professionals are required to keep their records but the sooner these can be accessed the better.