When we are sick, when we feel weak and scared for our health, we turn to doctors to give us answers and help us get better. We trust their recommendations and we follow their indications, with the conviction that it is the best thing we can do. However, it more cases than desired, it just so happens that medical practitioners fail us, causing further injury and pain and sometimes even severe consequences that we have to live with for the rest of our lives. The medical profession has certain standards imposed with regard to the treatment and health services delivered to patients and practitioners must rise to these standards, otherwise they are liable for medical negligence or medical malpractice. In the unfortunate event that your doctor fails to correctly or timely diagnose you or to recommend the right course of treatment or refer you to a specialist if your case requires it, then you, as a patient, have the right to file a medical negligence claim.
Filing a malpractice compensation claim is a universal right and people from all over the world can enjoy this legal benefit. However, the law surrounding the field of clinical negligence is different from one country to another and it is more developed in certain nations and less explored in others, where people are very reluctant when it comes to engaging in litigation against a doctor or a hospital and few precedents exist. On the other hand in countries like the UK or Unites States of America, there have been millions of negligence compensation claims filed and cases tried in the courts of law. In fact, the US has registered some of the biggest compensations rewarded by different juries in medical negligence cases, serving as strong precedents for patients today who are failed by the health care system and medical services and suffer further pain and injuries. In Great Britain, since the no win no fee system was adopted in 1995, an exponentially increasing number of people dared to take a stand and file compensation claims against both medical practitioners and hospitals for various reasons, from delayed or misdiagnosis to incorrect treatment or faulty medical equipment.
In front of a doctor, all patients are powerless and there is nothing they can do except for trusting the medical practitioner’s judgment and knowledge and follow his or her orders, entrusting their lives to the professional in front of them. For this reason, it is important that doctors live up to the standard of their profession and deliver excellent health care to all of their patients and equally important, when that doesn’t happen, for patients to speak out. Regardless of whether you live in the UK, US or any other part of the world, it is essential to make use of your legal right to file a clinical negligence compensation claim when you have been wronged by a doctor, so that you can raise awareness with regard of the faults of the system and help improve it.