Failure To Treat Negligence Claims
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Sitting patiently in a GP’s waiting room may not be fun, but some people feel poorly enough to seek out medical care. To add insult to injury/illness, to do so in the presence of other sick people.
Indeed, you expect that they will take your complaint seriously enough to investigate it and treat it. Nevertheless, failure to treat negligence claims do happen. Things like:
- Failing to diagnose your condition with sufficient medical care.
- Failure to diagnose conditions that might lead to a heart attack.
- Fail to properly treat a condition in a timely manner.
- A medical error that does not adhere to a medical professional’s sworn duty of care.
Doctor fails that belittle your condition
Imagine being in so much pain/distress, you believe your nearest A&E department is the best place for you. Consequently, it can be confusing and upsetting to go home with little more than a sympathetic nod. Moreover, you might even get some belittling advice that’s insulting to your situation.
In essence, just take some paracetamol and wait for it to get better on its own.
What is Failure to Treat?
Clinical negligence, in effect, is the failure to examine a patient, correctly offer a reasonable diagnosis, and provide treatment to the patient for that diagnosis.
Above all, this kind of negligence is certainly not a level of care that anyone deserves. Your condition, moreover, shouldn’t have to be life-threatening to be given serious addressing and respect. Whatever the reasons for such ignorance and failure, none will repair the damage that failure to treat negligence may, in fact, cause to the patient.
But what would serve as an example of how failure to treat negligence might affect a patient’s well-being?
Case Study for Failure to Treat Negligence Claims
In this real-life case, a patient gains admission to a London hospital. This patient has a bone infection but strangely receives no antibiotics for three days. The situation becomes more puzzling when hospital staff ignores his request for a scan because:
- it was the weekend and;
- there was no specialist on-site to authorise it.
Indeed, it’s not as if the gentleman could control which day of the week the infection took place. But now, a path to unadulterated negligence is set because it’s the weekend.
Ergo, through no fault of his own, the patient develops a rash which staff dismisses as an allergy. Naturally, he later receives a diagnosis as a symptom of sepsis when he went into septic shock. Consequently, his organs begin shutting down.
Moreover, he suffers severe long-term brain damage as a result. Yet the situation becomes even worse, as his wife gives up her job to care for him full time.
The patient employs the services of a capable law firm for a medical malpractice case. Subsequently, the hospital agrees via an out-of-court settlement admitting they:
- Did fail to treat a medical condition;
- Will pay several million pounds in compensation;
- Accordingly, a part of that payment is a lump sum, with the rest paid annually.
More failure to treat negligence examples
Other examples of negligence due to failure to treat include these.
- A baby who develops cerebral palsy after their jaundice goes without treatment;
- When a woman dies due to not receiving appropriate treatment when suffering an asthma attack while in the hospital;
- Also, a dentist neglects to treat clear signs of a patient’s gum disease.
For legal advice regarding failure to treat cases, it’s best to seek out a medical malpractice attorney.
How Can We Help?
Starting a claim for compensation for medical negligence may feel like a daunting task. But it really is as simple as asking the expert team at The Medical Negligence Experts. You can expect four things to happen after you make your initial enquiry.
An experienced medical negligence lawyer will talk to you about:
- what happens to you;
- your current situation, and;
- why you believe negligence was responsible.
They may also refer you to an independent medical specialist. Then, after a thorough assessment, we’ll be able to advise whether your claim has a solid chance of success.
If you decide to proceed, we’ll help you put your negligence case together, proving it causes your injury or illness.
Taking your case forward
The solicitors we work with will submit this information to the care provider responsible together with a request for fair compensation. The claim has a basis around:
- any expenses you incur;
- loss of earnings both now and in the future, and;
- costs of any ongoing rehabilitation treatment or care.
The defendant will investigate the situation on their side. Subsequently, the defendant will either do one of two things in response to your claim.
- Admit to their liability and make an offer of payment or;
- Alternatively, they simply refuse responsibility altogether.
In the first scenario, they will then negotiate until they reach an amount which is fair and reasonable. But if they don’t accept liability, the solicitors will refer your claim to the courts and continue to support you until resolution.
There is a three-year time limit for making a medical negligence claim so start today and contact The Medical Negligence Experts.