No one wants to have to claim for medical negligence because if they have to make such a claim, it is likely that they or a loved one, is suffering or in pain due to a traumatic experience with an incompetent medical professional. Sadly, many medical negligence claims are made by loved ones who have lost a family member due to such medical errors. People tend to assume that doctors, nurses and other medical professionals never make mistakes; however, their training and experience does not make them immune to errors and lapses of concentration.
As a healthcare professional you can help guard against medical negligence compensation claims by being alert at all stages of care. The following pointers should help:
• Be meticulous in recording interaction with patients. All contact and advice given should be clearly documented
• Regularly analyse notes and take swift action if any anomalous results are found
• Advise patients following procedures and note what was said
• Demand training in areas of uncertainty
• Use software to keep records
• As soon as an error is discovered, issue an immediate apology
As a patient, a friend of the patient or a member of the patient’s family, the key to preventing medical negligence is to be active and engaged in the treatment on offer. There are steps which can be taken to help prevent medical negligence but it is no good finding out what these are after the damage has been done and you are halfway through the compensation claims process. Here are some of the things you can do to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of medical negligence:
• Don’t assume that your doctors and nurses know it all. They are likely to be overworked and stressed and may not have taken the time to familiarise themselves with your medical records and notes for example. You should therefore remind them of your medical history and the treatment you have received to far
• Make sure that your diagnosis is the right one by checking with other doctors
• Do not simply agree to a procedure without discovering what all the alternatives are. If it is the appropriate procedure, ask if it can be carried out in a hospital with a good rate of success
• Constantly ask questions: it is your body and you need to be sure at all times that the right measures are being taken to protect your health. Never be afraid to ask something
• Learn about medical negligence in its different forms and how you spot signs of it
• Learn about the medication you are given and inform a medical professional if you start to feel any bad effects
It is crucial that you write down the things that happen during your treatment and make notes on the interaction you have with medical professionals. If you become a victim of medical negligence, these notes will be a massive help to your solicitor as he/she constructs an argument for your claim.
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