All medical professionals are subject to rigid codes of practice that exist to protect patients and ensure consistent treatment and patient care. Complications can arise during even the most routine surgery or treatment, and these are usually not the fault of the medical professional in charge.
Occasionally, cases arise in which medical negligence occurs, and in these cases, it is possible to make a compensation claim against the person or institution at fault. If you have experienced medical care that you believe was negligent, or are suffering as a result of orthopaedic medical negligence, it is important to speak to an experienced solicitor as soon as possible to establish whether you may have a case for claiming compensation.
What is Orthopaedic Negligence?
Orthopaedic medical negligence is defined as a procedure or treatment that has been carried out incorrectly or to a poorer standard than could reasonably be expected in this case. For example, if a case is brought against a surgeon, it must be proven that a competent surgeon could have prevented the negative outcome that occurred, or that appropriate care or procedures were not followed. Medical negligence injuries in the orthopaedic field might include:
• Undiagnosed fractures, or delay in diagnosing fractures that has allowed negative outcomes to develop
• Unexpected and preventable problems occurring during routine hip, knee or elbow replacement surgery, including nerve damage
• Surgical errors, including carrying out surgery at the wrong site
• Post operative infection due to poor standards of hygiene or care
• Surgery for which full consent was not obtained
• The use of inappropriate or faulty equipment.
The court will need to establish that the outcomes of the case would have been likely to be more positive if carried out by a different medical professional, and that the team or individual in question did not uphold the standards required by the profession.
Have You Experienced Medical Negligence?
If you believe that you, or a member of your family, have been the victim of orthopaedic medical negligence, it’s important to talk to us at S.T. O’Sullivan & Co Solicitors in Ennis. We specialize in this type of claim, and will be happy to talk through your case and advise you about whether you may be entitled to compensation.
If your solicitor* advises you that you may be entitled to compensation in your case, he or she will work with you to ensure the best outcomes. You will need to obtain copies of your medical records, and to have good notes detailing all meetings and appointments relevant to your case. You should ensure that you have documented the dates on which all treatments or procedures took place, and any contact that you have had with the medical professionals in question since this time.
Find Medical Negligence Solicitors in Ennis, County Clare
Our solicitors are experienced in medical negligence claims, so call into our office in Ennis, Co.Clare, contact us online or call us today on +353 (065) 6820620. We guarantee to call you back to discuss your case within one business day.
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