Medical negligence occurs when an action carried out by a medical professional does not reach an appropriate standard of care, and directly results in a patient’s condition deteriorating.
The term medical professional can refer to GPs, clinicians, surgeons, members of hospital staff or anyone working in healthcare who carries a duty of care.
Importantly, in cases where a practitioner’s care is substandard, but does not directly influence a patient’s condition, it can be difficult to prove any legal case for compensation.
For example, if you are prescribed the wrong dosage of medicine to treat an illness, but the prescription can’t be proven to have caused any excess damage, medical negligence may not have occurred.
It will help your cause to offer as much evidence as possible in order to prove you have suffered medical negligence. Examples of this can include official medical records, witness statements and statements from a third-party expert.