Just over a week ago, I had to go to my local hospital for a MRI on my Small Bowel. It’s a long story which I will write about another time.
I arrived early, so I went to the designated smoking area. You always meet some really wonderful people in the smoking area. These people are always willing to share their life story with you, whether you ask them or not. That day I met two people. Clive, who had fought off lung cancer which had now spread to his brain and another man who I didn’t get chance to get his name.
This second man, middle aged, probably about the same age as my parents was sitting there in complete despair. He told me his wife had terminal bladder cancer. Fortunately (if that’s even the right term to use in situations like this), it was a slow growing cancer, so she at least had some time left. They couldn’t operate to try to extend her time on this earth because she had a heart attack shortly after she was given the news.
He also told me that when his wife was stable enough or even after she had passed, that he intended to take things further with the hospital and his Doctors Surgery for Medical Negligence. See, the thing was, his wife had been having symptoms for, I believe he said, nearly a year before her diagnosis. He told me the Doctor had kept insisting it was a water infection and kept giving out antibiotics. He believes that if his Doctor had acted sooner, his wife would have had a better chance at surviving. This man may have a point, although I am no expert in the medical field.
Fortunately we have companies like AxiClaim to help us with potential Medical Negligence Claims like this.
AxiClaim cover NHS, Private, Dental, Cosmetic and even Nursing Home claims. They employ highly trained legal professionals and operate on a no win no fee basis. You can read about their successful Medical Negligence Case Studies here:
Taking action against those in the medical field is still a bit of a taboo subject especially when it comes to the NHS. After all, we are only human. But the truth of the matter is negligence does happen. It is a thing, it happens both in the NHS and the Private Sector. It can be completely life changing to some people and in worse case scenarios lives are lost. I would just like to make it clear I am grateful to our NHS and understand how precious it truly is.
AxiClaim describe Medical Negligence as:
There are many different types of medical error, but the most common are as follows:
- Incorrect diagnosis
- Delay in diagnosis
- Errors during surgery
- Incorrect medication
- Failing to refer the patient to a specialist
- Failing to provide advice of treatment options or warn of potential risks
Just looking through this list makes me realise that in the past, even I and my kids have been a victim of Medical Negligence, but I didn’t think anything of it at the time.
I will go through this in more detail in another post, but my Doctors put my symptoms down to IBS, ignoring the fact that I have a strong family history of Coeliac Disease, If I didn’t push for that test, you can guarantee they wouldn’t have even tested me for it. Then take my two boys. My Gastroentrologist told me that my kids should get tested, my Doctors refused, going against NICE guidelines. So I went over their heads and guess what? Both my boys have it too, making them 4th generation. Doctors very apologetic and I think lessons had been learned. Thankfully this was just an autoimmune disease and NOT something as serious as life threatening as Cancer.
Have you ever had to put in a claim for Medical Negligence? What are your views on claiming for Medical Negligence?
Note: This is a collaborative post.