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Of all the things, persons and institutions we trust the most, our healthcare probably lies at the top. We literally trust our doctors with our lives and so, when things go wrong the mental effects can be intensely damaging. Add onto that the physical effects of course, caused by medical negligence and one can grasp the seriousness of being failed by our doctors. This article will provide some invaluable advice on dealing with medical negligence.
What You Can Do
Firstly, it must be noted that not all medical failings are to be defined as medical negligence. Sometimes, doctors try as hard as they can but simply fail in the task afforded to them. However, there are times when a lack of attention and care, or simple sloppiness can cause a medical mistake to be made.
As a patient, the first thing one should do in the advent of medical negligence is to inform the doctor and hospital management of the mistake made and seeking an apology. In situations where the affects of the medical negligence aren’t serious, most people simply seek an explanation and apology. You may find that receiving both goes a long way in soothing one’s anger and disappointment and reconciling oneself with the hospital staff.
However, many sufferers of medical negligence do not find an explanation and apology to be enough and rightly so. They should therefore move to sue the doctor and/or hospital for the mistake made. There are a range of specialist medical negligence solicitors who can help victims in their pursuit of legal justice.
You must never lose faith in doctors and health institutions in general due to a case of medical negligence. It must be acknowledged that the advent of medical negligence is very rare and so it is far more unhealthy and dangerous to shun professional healthcare, than it is to put yourself under the risk of being neglected medically.
In the advent of severe or embarrassing physical medical negligence effects, mental health problems such as depression can arise. Dealing with depression requires specialist medical help and it is strongly advised that one suffering from depression seeks this immediately; rather than delaying treatment and aid. Treatment of depression can involve both medication and verbal help.
A Growing Problem
The occurrence of medical negligence in the United Kingdom has risen in recent years. This is to the extent that the London Evening Standard recently reported that the medical negligence payout bill from London hospitals alone has totalled over £136 million.
Nevertheless, it is still highly unlikely for you to become a victim of medical negligence and you should therefore continue to trust health professionals and institutions.