There is a broad spectrum of issues which come under the umbrella of NHS negligence. Some of the more common issues dealt with by NHS negligence solicitors are outlined below: -
These relate to errors made by NHS personnel prior to, at the time of, and immediately after surgery. It can include 'wrong person surgery,' which refers to the surgeon not identifying the right patient and conducting an operation on the wrong person, 'wrong side surgery,' which occurs if the surgeon performs surgery on the incorrect side of the body and all other negligent actions that take place relating to surgical procedures. Normally, this dereliction of duty is not noticed until after the event, and if the consequence has not resulted in a fatality, then the patient will have to undergo more surgery.
Another category of NHS negligence involves surgeons or their medical assistants, inadvertently leaving swabs or medical instruments inside the patient's body post-surgery. Clearly, the seriousness of these kinds of errors cannot be understated.
A small number of NHS patients die in the United Kingdom every year due to the incorrect administration of medicines and pharmaceutical drugs. Countless others are either given the wrong medication or the wrong dose with the incumbent problems which may result in serious illness due to either overdose or failure to treat an existing condition in a timely manner.
If a patient is given the wrong type of blood during a transfusion, it could result in a very serious reaction culminating in death or multiple-organ failure. The consequences of this error may not show up for some months or could alarm the patient immediately. Common reactions comprise: kidney failure, respiratory problems, heart failure, and allergic reactions.
Chemotherapy which is given intravenously or otherwise, may be delivered through an incorrect route, which can be a fatal error that leads to the patient's death. In addition, whilst a chemotherapy dose is usually calculated carefully so that it delivers the highest therapeutic benefit, on occasion, an error is made which can cause death or serious toxicity.
This refers to mistakes which are so serious and easily preventable, that in a properly operated National Health Service should never happen. There are in excess of one hundred different events in this category and from time to time all of them have resulted in NHS negligence solicitors taking legal action for compensation.
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