When you are suffering pain, emotional trauma or physical disability due to incorrect or inadequate treatment by a medical professional, it can feel like a profound injustice. During our lifetimes, almost all of us will visit a hospital, undergo a surgical procedure, and use the services of a dentist or visit a GP practice.
Most of the time, things go smoothly, but when something goes wrong and you are left with negative after effects, there may be a case for a medical negligence claim. So, if you are suffering negative symptoms as a result of medical treatment, what are some of the signs that you may, in fact, have a case to make a claim for medical negligence?
1. There was an established duty of care
If you were treated by a medical professional, such as a surgeon, consultant, doctor, dentist or nurse who had a duty of care towards you, then it is possible that you have a case if something subsequently went wrong with the treatment. If the medical professional was treating you in a clinical capacity at the time and was aware of your condition or in the process of diagnosis, they will likely have had a duty of care towards you.
2.There have been breaches in a duty of care
If a reasonable level of care was not achieved, it is possible that the medical professional’s duty of care has been breached. This could encompass actions such as failure to diagnose an obvious condition, prescribing or administering the wrong medication, or failing to act in a way that would prevent conditions worsening.
3. Harm resulted from the breaches in the duty of care
Preventable harm that has resulted from the wrong actions or inaction of medical staff could mean that you have a medical negligence case. This harm could be relatively minor injuries or it could be severe and permanent conditions that significantly impact your quality of life. It can also incorporate psychological or emotional trauma, depending on the situation and condition.
This is a complex area however we at medical negligence solicitors Dublin have a skilled team of lawyers will be able to talk you through the process.
You have been substantially impacted by the harm that was caused.
Following the harm that was caused by a medical professional, if it has impacted your life, then you might be eligible to make a claim and receive compensation. This can include a physical impact that is having a negative effect on your quality of life. It can also include emotional impacts, such as flashbacks or other mental health conditions. Additionally, if you have suffered financially through lost earnings or additional medical bills as a result of the potential malpractice then you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
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