We typically see people in the medical profession as highly valued and trusted members of the community. This is a view that is well justified since they do an awful lot of important and lifesaving work. It is only natural for us to think of them as somehow different to us or superior in some way. The real story is that they are just people too. They can and do make mistakes and the unfortunate thing is that when someone in the medical profession does make a mistake, it can be life-threatening.
Is it Medical Negligence or Not?
The fact is that deliberate and malicious medical negligence is actually very rare. In most cases of medical negligence, the practitioner may have misdiagnosed or undertreated a patient mistakenly. Certainly, there are also cases where the medical practitioner was reckless and caused further health complications or injury.
Just as an example, consider a person who has been misdiagnosed by a doctor and has been placed on a treatment plan that is completely irrelevant. It may become clear further down the track that he or she has been misdiagnosed and that the health condition has become much more serious. He or she may then receive treatment but find that the original misdiagnosis has caused permanent injury or a debilitating condition. This person may be eligible to file a personal injury claim with one of the professional medical lawyers in Queensland.
Why File a Personal Injury Claim?
Filing a personal injury claim through an experienced lawyer may seem to be a bold step to take but the fact is that a successful claim can provide the following benefits to the claimant:
- Financial Remuneration: If one has been the victim of medical negligence, it can result in serious loss of income and superannuation. In many cases, this is because the claimant requires ongoing health management or has lost valuable time at work. In some cases, this may even result in the loss of employment. A successful claim can help to offset the financial burden placed on the claimant due to loss of income under these circumstances.
- Ongoing Treatment: In cases where the claimant is having to pay for ongoing treatment or therapy, a successful claim can provide additional finances for the payment of these treatments. This can make life a lot easier.
- Emotional: There is no doubt that many people who have suffered under medical negligence find that their physical and psychological trauma is one of the toughest things to deal with. These cases can scar a person for life but a successful claim can help him or her to move on in some small way. Indeed, many people find that a successful claim helps them to move on from such a traumatic event and get on with their life.
Medical negligence lawyers do a great job of helping people to deal with the personal trauma that they are suffering. In this context, they do fantastic and valuable work in the communities they serve.