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Medical Malpractice Negligence

Introduction to Medical Malpractice Negligence

Medical malpractice negligence is something unforgivable on the part of a health care professional. It is difficult enough for a patient to suffer from an unwanted illness, but it gets a lot worse when the suffering doubles due to a treatment gone wrong. So why does medical malpractice negligence occur? Is it a result of universal human frailty, or do the doctors in the United Kingdom lack the training and skills needed to be perfectly accurate and correct in their jobs? Below are the four most common causes of medical malpractice negligence.

Poor Judgment

Unfortunately, poor judgment is the #1 leading cause of medical malpractice negligence in the United Kingdom. It is almost often attributed to health care professionals having too much patient load in their hands. Patients who consult sought-after doctors are more likely to experienced medical malpractice negligence simply because the doctors do not have enough time to assess the condition of each patient carefully and this often leads to them deciding on matters while being poorly misinformed. To avoid this, it is recommended that patients seek medical care from an established health care provider that has an adequate number of professionals to take care of the job.

Lack of Adequate Clinical Knowledge

The next factor that causes medical malpractice negligence is lack of adequate clinical knowledge. There are unbelievable medical malpractice cases where the health care professional in charge has jeopardised the life of his/her patient simply because he/she does not know what to do. A precautionary measure to avoid such a scenario in the health care setting is to provide stringent certification exams that would require professionals in the health care field to take their studies and internship seriously. On the part of the patient, seek medical care from a reputable hospital to avoid the risk of receiving treatment from an unqualified individual.

Defective Pharmaceutical/Clinical/Dental Product

Defective drugs and clinical/dental items also count as medical malpractice negligence. Manufacturers of pharmaceutical and health care items need to guarantee the safety of the public upon consumption or use of their products. Any side effect and precautionary notes must be discussed on the label. If any patient is harmed due to an unadvertised or unknown defect from such a product, an inquiry is often formed to investigate the total number of related incidents that took place in the community. A lawsuit is commonly drafted up with a group of complainants (usually victims and their families) backing the case.

Deliberate Attempt to Misinform

This form of medical malpractice negligence commonly occurs in research and testing centres where participants suffer side effects that were not told to them when they first signed on to participate in the research. Negligence in the research field is a very controversial matter and lawsuits with this nature are pretty dragging and ugly. To avoid such problems, individuals should carefully read the research participation contract provided to them by the research firm. If they are not in agreement with anything, it is better to not push through with participating in the project. It is important to know the contents of the contract well so you can easily determine if you are experiencing more than you should as stipulated in the agreement.

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