Every day, countless people are treated by doctors, nurses, dentists and other medical professionals. Fortunately, the standard of healthcare in the UK is usually high and we can trust our healthcare professionals to provide good quality treatment. However, people do not always have a positive outcome from medical treatment. Things can go wrong and the outcome of the treatment is not always what was expected.
In many such cases, this is not due to fault. Poor outcomes may be due to the medical condition of the patient before treatment began or due to complications which happen regardless of the care and skill of the treating clinician. There are times, however, when the treating clinicians do make mistakes which result in a poor outcome and injury. This may cause patients to require further invasive treatment or may leave patients permanently injured. In this scenario, the patient may be able to seek compensation by pursuing a claim for “medical” (or “clinical”) negligence.