We all use medical facilities and come into contact with medical professionals at some point or another in our lives. Whether this is a general practitioner, a local nurse, a pharmacist when collecting prescriptions, a member of the A&E department, a radiologist, a surgeon… the list goes on and on. These individuals are endowed with the responsibility of consulting us when we are unwell or injured, diagnosing problems, and rectifying situations. Most of the time, our experience with them will be positive. Sure, we may not meet with them in the most fortunate of circumstances. But they will do their utmost to improve our individual condition. Every now and then, however, our experiences with medical staff will not be all that they are supposed to be. It is important that you understand these situations and know how to deal with these situations, so that you can take the right course of action should you find yourself in them. Here’s everything you need to know on the subject!
When we talk about issues with how medical professionals have treated us, we can generally file complaints into one of two different categories – medical malpractice and medical negligence. Here’s how to distinguish between them!
Medical malpractice is a situation that occurs when a medical professional fails to provide you with the care that they are well aware that you need. There is always an element of intent in medical malpractice cases. If a doctor knows that you need certain care, treatment, or medication, and consciously does not provide you with this, you need to take action, as the consequences of such behaviour could be dangerous or even fatal. If you believe that you have suffered from medical malpractice, you may need to file a malpractice suit.
Medical negligence is no less serious than medical malpractice. You could still suffer negative consequences should it occur to you. However, there is no intent in medical negligence. It is moreso a situation where a medical professional makes a mistake or does not pursue the right course of action for a patient.
What Action Should You Take?
As we have briefly mentioned, individuals who have suffered from med malpractice or medical negligence should seek legal help. This will help to cover any costs that develop as a result of a doctor’s bad decisions or mistakes. It could also provide you with sufficient funds to take time off work to recover properly. What’s more? Seeking legal action will help to assure that similar wrongdoing or mistakes don’t occur to anyone else in the future!
We really don’t talk about medical malpractice all too much, so hopefully the above information will help to guide you in the right direction should you ever find yourself in receipt of inadequate healthcare. Keep it in the back of your mind at all times!