No one expects to get sick or injured. But sometimes, through no fault of your own, you end up in a doctor’s care. When you seek medical help, the last thing you expect is that you will suffer further harm as a result. After all, that is what the Hippocratic oath is all about – “do no harm”. So in a way it’s quite amazing that so many people do suffer harm at the hands of the very people entrusted with the job of providing medical care.
As a patient who does suffer harm due to negligence by those treating you, it is important that you don’t simply allow the perpetrators of that harm to get away with it. When you do that, you could be missing out on compensation money, and you’ll be contributing to a situation where somebody who ought not to be working in the medical industry is allowed to continue to do so. Who knows how much worse harm they may go on to cause before somebody stops them?
The first thing you will need to do, of course, is get in touch with some medical negligence solicitors to help you. It’s important that you do this as soon as you possibly can, because most legal matters have time limits. Even if you think that the time limit may have expired, you still should contact a lawyer anyway and find out for sure.
Keep in mind that it is not always the doctors and nurses themselves who are directly responsible for the harm that you suffer. Sometimes it is the fault of hospital administration, where factors such as cost cutting or overworking staff may be an issue. When staff are worked too relentlessly, it increases the chances that they could make mistakes. When hospitals don’t allocate their funding appropriately, it could result in a range of undesirable circumstances emerging. None of that should be tolerated.
Along the way, you may find that various people try to pressure you into not taking legal action or to drop any legal action that you have started. They may try to tell you that you’ll be doing more harm than good, or that many people will suffer if you succeed, because it may lead to the closure of the hospital or something like that.
We believe the correct response to such a claim is to simply say “Good”. The truth is, if a hospital is engaging in dodgy methods, if doctors and nurses are not following correct procedures, if technicians are not taking due care, this is a hospital that deserves to be shut down. You would be doing all those patients a favour by contributing to the closure of the hospital. Nobody else should have to suffer what you have suffered, so don’t let anyone guilt you into backing down.
Then of course there is the matter of compensation, which certainly should not be ignored. Again, there may be people who try to discourage you or make you feel that you are being greedy by seeking compensation. But if you have suffered, why shouldn’t you be compensated? There is nothing greedy or immoral about it. In fact, by pursuing your rights under the law, you are taking the higher moral ground, and helping to solve a serious problem. Don’t hesitate to ask Solicitors Guru to help you with this issue.