The basic principle of conducting lawsuits related to medical negligence lies in an approach to doctors activity investigation, which reduces the demand to just ‘know what you’re doing’. Lack of professional management of a claim for medical negligence can lead to undesirable results – a complete rejection, or only partial coverage of the damage. Lack of understanding of the description and documentation of the medical case, a wrong choice of a specialist doctor for medical examination, lack of proper instructions from the doctor, and even a recommendation from a lawyer to file a lawsuit that has no chance of being satisfied – all these factors can nullify your efforts. So let us share the insights we get from medical negligence solicitors experts we are getting in touch with on a regular basis.
To take a doctor in the act is not the best option
In the conduct of medical negligence cases, it is important to understand that the task of the lawyer is not ‘catch’ the doctors on their oversight to justify the requested compensation. Doctors have to take complex and urgent decisions, and they can not be sure they are 100% right. So sometimes they make mistakes, like the rest of people every day, but sometimes these mistakes are the result of medical negligence. In this case, the patient has the right to get a compensation for physical and moral damage. (more…)
Res ipsa loquitur doctrine is hard to base the arguments on in the court, and according to the polls among medical negligence solicitors, only 19% consider that using the doctrine is a reasonable in medical negligence practice. Nevertheless, there are cases when the plaintiff inflicted such damage that shows undeniable malpractice. In the case against the Voice of Cambridge Area Health Authority a patient suffered a brain injury due to the fact that he had a heart attack when he was under general anesthesia. The Court concluded that this was not supposed to happen under the described circumstances, and that therefore the accused had to provide an explanation of what happened that would prove the absence of criminal negligence in his actions.
The Canadian case of McDonald v. York County Hospital gives us the following example. In this case, the plaintiff was taken to hospital for treatment of ankle fracture and he went out of the hospital with an amputated leg. All the prerequisites of res ipsa loquitur doctrine were there: usually in such circumstances the patient does not lose his leg until clinical negligence takes place. The plaintiff could not explain what had happened and the accused could not explain it and the plaintiff have a doctor whose criminal negligence led to this injury. (more…)
The term ‘diagnostic process’, according to many of doctors, impoverishes the entire range of problems faced by the patient at the very beginning of the conversation with the doctor. Seasoned experts say that making a diagnosis is a creative process, as a rule, does not fit into the standard scheme. As there are no two identical doctors, and no two patients with identical conditions and problems, the spectrum of diagnostic methods aimed at figuring out the clinical picture in patients suffering from certain nosological forms of the disease is very wide in experienced, qualified and truly professional doctors (in young doctors, this spectrum is more narrow, but it could be more schematic).
Despite the fact that healing – is not so much a craft as an art of action by the doctor the term ‘diagnostic technology’ is oftentimes used in regard to diagnostic process as the work of a conveyor for the production of diagnostic services, at the inlet of which an unknown object is supplied, while on the output this image is filled with volume and content. The technological approach allows the physician to present architecture of the affected organs and systems of the patient causal connection between the relationship of the disease and impaired function of complex biological systems in the patient. This approach is also oftentimes used in legal practice according to Steve Duarte, medical negligence solicitors representative with years of experience under the belt. (more…)