Understanding Medical Negligence

Medical negligence is essentially medical malpractice. Medical malpractice refers to medical care that caused injury to the patient as a result of omission or a negligent act by a medical practitioner or facility. This often prompts the injured patient to take legal action, a case which is within the area of personal injury. As such, the help of experienced medical negligence lawyers is often required.

medical negligencePatients in many jurisdictions are entitled by the law to receive certain standards of medical care. Medical negligence results when those standards have been breached by the physicians or medical facility. The negligence on their part could be irresponsible or erroneous administration of care or treatment.

Some of the grounds for medical negligence include inadequate skill, speed or care. Anyone who takes care of patients including doctors, specialists, or nurses may be held responsible for medical negligence. Even professionals who provide psychological care may also be held liable with medical malpractice.

In a medical malpractice case, the accused medical practitioner’s actions are often judged according to the competency and professionalism levels of his peers under similar or the same circumstances. A neurosurgeon, for example, will be held to the standard of other neurosurgeons.

However, it must be stressed that there must be negligence in the administration of care. Complaints of dissatisfaction with the results of medical care have no bearing in medical negligence. Claimants must be proven to have suffered injury or harm during treatment, which they should not have experienced if the medical practitioner or facility had not acted in a negligent manner.

In many jurisdictions, medical negligence is often tried in court. Some cases may require a jury. It does not, however, result in criminal prosecution. The consequences may include suspension of the guilty party from practice or having their license revoked. They may also be held responsible to compensate the injured patient.

To learn more about hiring medical negligence lawyers, call BPC Lawyers on 02 8355 4002 today.


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