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Medical Negligence - The Fundamental Principles for Claims
Britain includes a number of medical negligence law statutes in place designed to protect, 10/27/2014 - Medical negligence law

Britain includes a number of medical negligence law statutes in place designed to protect those hurt by mistakes produced by medical professionals such as doctors and nurses. Medical malpractice is serious and may leave victims with life-long health problems and in need of extensive care.

The crux of all medical negligence cases is showing liability - the person liable for your injuries might be a specific doctor, nurse, or any other health professional, or perhaps in cases where a clinical institution has well documented issues with standards you might find that liability lies with the health trust itself.

In order to successfully bring claims for medical malpractice to court, you must prove two fundamental principles:

1. your personal doctor breached their professional duty of care,

2. this mistake caused you (or a dependent) harm.

What is medical negligence?

Medical negligence is defined as a failure on the part of a health care provider to give a certain standard of care. It is a very broad term that can be used to describe everything from incorrect administration of antibiotics to some swab left behind during surgery.

The performance of medical professionals is measured against that of their peers, and when it can be indicated that under the same circumstances someone’s colleagues might have acted significantly differently - prescribed different drugs, run different tests - then it is possible to demonstrate that negligence occurred.

Rules concerning the proper standard of medical care apply to all doctors, regardless of whether they are employed by the NHS or perhaps a private care provider.

Damages For Medical Negligence

If you're successful in establishing that you’ve been the victim of medical negligence than you’ll be paid compensation worked out as component:

General Damages: this is an amount made to reflect your suffering and pain, either physical or psychological and also to reflect what is known as a ‘loss of amenity’, i.e. the fact that your injuries hinder your daily life.


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