Medical negligence refers to inability of the health care professional to provide standard care to the patient that can lead to severe health outcomes or death of the patient. Medical negligence or malpractice has serious impact on the physical as well as psychological health of patients. There are different laws formulated in different countries to handle the cases of medical negligence. Patients can seek compensation for their loss as well as sufferings, but there is statute of limitation that indicates specific time period during which a patient or relatives of the patient have to claim for compensation of their loss.
Particular procedures are followed to make sure that the harm caused to the patient was a result of negligent act on the part of the practitioner. Some lawyers are specialized in the cases of medical negligence, so they can handle these sorts of cases in a batter way.
There are different types of medicinal negligence, and all the types of negligence have different causes or reasons. Faulty diagnosis, anesthesia errors, unnecessary surgeries or failure of doctors to monitor the treatment can be included in medical negligence cases. During delivery of the baby, sometimes the negligence of doctors causes serious harm to the baby that can be life-threatening.
These days, the cases of medical related negligence are increasing day by day in the UK. Although the doctors are aware of their responsibilities, but even then the cases of medical carelessness are becoming common. There can be many reasons for the increasing medical negligence cases in the UK. Doctors are over-pressurized when they are dealing serious cases, so they might commit mistakes that can be harmful for the patients. Human beings can commit mistakes and health care professionals are also human beings. The problem is that carelessness in other fields might not have risks as high as compared to medical field, so the health care professionals do not have any margin to commit such errors.
In the UK, the trend of cosmetic surgery is becoming popular which has increased the cases of medical negligence as well. Many surgeons who are not qualified are practicing illegally, so they increase the chances of medical carelessness. Incompetency is the major cause of the increasing cases of medical negligence that can be controlled by taking much care while choosing the doctor or surgeon for any operation. Some doctors do not consider all the aspects of treatment, so the results can be terrible.
Doctors are usually very busy and they have to treat a lot of patients in a limited period of time, so due to exhaustion, their performance can be hindered. Another reason of medical negligence in the UK is that some patients frequently change the doctors and do not tell their case history in detail; so, the doctor cannot recommend effective treatment for them. The mistake of doctor is that he/she should ask the patients about minor details, because otherwise, the doctor will be responsible for medicinal related negligence case of the patient.