Can you claim compensation for incorrect medical procedures?
Posted on 23rd October 2019
We’re all human and at some point in our lives we all need to see a doctor. Nobody enjoys going to the doctor’s, but the majority of us do so, trusting to the expertise of the medical practitioner we see. It is all too common nowadays to hear horror stories and whilst these are, of course, rare when you consider the number of people who see doctors every day, most people leave happy and on the road to recovery. MG Legal, your local personal injury solicitors, specialises in medical negligence claims, and unfortunately, we hear these stories more than most; although it is some reward to be able to help those people access justice and recover compensation from the medical practitioner.
One thing that is necessary when we see a doctor is honesty, which is a two-way street. The doctor expects us to be honest so that they can diagnose the problem accurately and in return, we expect the doctor to be honest about the options and what is going to happen in terms of treatment. We’ve all heard about people having the wrong leg amputated but in a recent case, a patient at Furness General Hospital says he was not told what was going to happen at all.
MG Legal, your local personal injury solicitor, are well aware of the case-law (Mongomery v Lanarkshire Health Board) governing informed consent and risks in this type of matter. The unnamed patient was referred for a routine procedure to reduce a swelling on his testicles, expected to last around 30 minutes and to leave him pain free not long afterwards. The patient states that he had a drain inserted that was meant to be regularly checked and emptied, but this was not done. Over the course of two days, the pain grew to excruciating levels and emergency surgery was scheduled.
The patient awoke to find that instead of the problem being rectified, that his testicle was removed entirely. The reasons are not fully clear at this stage although the patient believes a combination of a lack of care post-operatively and an error surgically which may have cut off blood flow, could both be causes. A full scale investigation is ongoing currently and it is expected that the findings may well be made public given the media attention already generated by this matter.
At MG Legal, your local personal injury solicitor, we know that medical negligence can cause anything from minor inconvenience to a drastic change in your life. Whether this is because you consented to a procedure without being told of the risks, or what was happening at all, or if the standard of care fell below that which could be expected of a reasonably competent practitioner. Either of these failings can constitute an incidence of medical negligence. MG Legal, your local personal injury solicitor, has an experienced team ready to help you should you be the unfortunate victim of medical negligence.
If you believe that you have sustained an injury as a result of medical negligence or if an injury or condition was not treated properly, please contact MG Legal, your local personal injury solicitor, to discuss how we can help you. All of our investigation work is carried out free of charge and we look to accept all instructions on a Conditional Fee Agreement “no win, no fee” basis, meaning there is no risk to you. Contact MG Legal, your local personal injury solicitor, today to discuss your medical negligence claim and how we can help you recover compensation and obtain justice for you.
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