Doctors, Nurses and Healthcare Professionals: “I have received a negligent complaint” Seek an independent legal opinion

Doctors, Nurse and healthcare professionals have huge oversight.

‘I received a clinical negligence complaint.’

‘I received a medical negligence complaint.’

‘I prescribed the wrong medicine. I was overworked and tired at the time.’

‘I made a mistake during the operation.’

‘I did not inform the patient of the risk involved.’

‘I made the wrong diagnosis.’

What should I do now?

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Compensation? Negligent medical treatment?

As a doctor, a nurse or a healthcare professional there are numerous protocols. A doctor, a nurse or a healthcare professional will follow all guidelines and procedures. Patients and vulnerable people may feel as though they have been affected. In cases when all procedures and guidelines have been followed the patient or vulnerable person may still wish to lodge a complaint. If as a doctor, a nurse or a healthcare professional a mistake is made.

A complaint may arise. It is possible it happened by error. It is possible it was a moment of lapse. It is also possible, you followed the procedure to the letter and even then there is a complaint. Patients can be confused or simply disatisfied with the result.

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In many professions, there are risk involved. As a doctor, a nurse or a healthcare professional the risk is possibly a person’s health or life.

Pateient may accuse doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals of being negligent. Be it for medical treatment or mishap during an operation. The point when a complaint is issued or legal action is proceeding. Seek legal advice. One of our specialist barristers or specialist lawyers will be able to asses the merits of the complaint. The legal specialist will be able to represent you or negotiate on your behalf.

It is not necessary for a patient to use the NHS complaints procedure. They are able to take legal action. If the NHS received a complaint, the NHS would conduct their own report. It is always better to be pre-emptive. If for whatever reason you feel a claim of negligence will arise or you are unsure of a procedure that took place. Then contact us. One of the specialist barristers will be able to provide you with the merit assessment and procedural guidance.

The patient does not need to use the NHS complaints procedure. The patient or the claimant will require an independent expert specialist to carry out a report. The independent report will be required for the patient as evidence for the injury or claim of negligent. This report will allow the claimant to make an informed decision. This informed decision collaborated with a solicitor. Possibly a ‘no win, no fee’ solicitor can be intimidating. However, if a ‘no win, no fee’ solicitor has taken the case on. This does not automatically mean the claim has merits. It might mean the solicitors feel there will be a minimum compensation. It is important to remind yourself, if you have done no wrong, your reputation is on the line. At the very minimum, instruct a specialist barrister to provide you with an independent legal opinion or legal opinion. The legal opinion will look into the procedures. The prescriptions. If the correct procedures were be followed, you can rest assured you were right. The value of an independent opinion will guide you. This will allow you to make an informed decision.

Going to Court? I am worried

In most cases, the patient or supposed victim will be hoping to achieve compensation. The court is unable to discipline a healthcare professional. The court is unable to change procedure. This purpose of the legal action will be compensation.

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What happened? I thought I followed procedure. I had a moment of lapse.

Failed to diagnose a patients condition or made the wrong diagnosis.

Made a mistake during a procedure or operation.

Gave the wrong drug or prescription.

Didn’t get informed consent for treatment.

Didn’t warn the patient of the risk of a particular treatment.

When and how compensation is considered:

A patient experiencing pain and suffering may receive compensation. A patient may receive payment for ongoing treatment. A patient may received compensation if they can’t continue with certain activities or hobbies or due to loss of earnings. A patient may recieve compensation for the extra care required or equipment needed. Finally, there might be compensation for psychological damage.

Contact us immediately. Instruct one of the specialist barristers to advise you. For an initial free consultation call 0203 627 9580. Legal advice will give you the much-needed direction.

‘I received a clinical negligence complaint.’ ‘I received a medical negligence complaint.’ ‘I prescribed the wrong medicine. I was overworked and tired at the time.’ ‘I made a mistake during the operation.’ ‘I did not inform the patient of the risk involved.’ ‘I made the wrong diagnosis.’

ShenSmith Barristers will provide you with a speicalist to seek legal advice from.

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Markus Spiske