Medical negligence is a broad term used to describe any treatment, lack of treatment, or other departure from accepted standards of medical care, health care, or safety on the part of a health care provider which causes harm to a patient.
Medical negligence can include misdiagnosis, improper treatment, failure to treat, delay in treatment, failure to perform appropriate follow-up and prescription errors.
The standard of a doctor or surgeon's care is measured against that of his or her peers. If a significant body of fellow practitioners would have acted in the same way confronted with the same circumstances a practitioner will not be found to be negligent however if one of a number of alternative methods of treatment was used even though it was supported by a body of medical practitioners, a finding of negligence may still result if the method of treatment did not stand up to logical analysis.
Michelmores' Clinical Negligence Solicitors provide expert advice on all types of medical negligence, clinical negligence and medical claims in the UK and abroad.
There are many reasons why medical treatment may not have gone as well as you or your doctors would wish. Sometimes, these are unavoidable, but if you believe you or a loved one have been injured or suffered damage as a result of treatment, we can help you to find out how and why.
Please see below for information on some of the areas we advise on. If you would like to discuss a medical negligence claim in an area that does not appear below, please contact us, as this is a selection of our work only.