Personal injury news roundup: 7 days ended 16 Sept 2014:
Personal injury lawyers specialising in medical negligence have been kept incredibly busy this year according to recently released research findings.
You know as well as I do that there’s nothing particularly amusing or droll about medical negligence claims, most importantly because they can be so deadly serious. You can end up with life-changing, debilitating injuries – or worse yet, your family could end up mourning your untimely death. It’s what happened to Andrew Raybould’s mum and dad; their story broke this week about how their 30 year old son was turned away from hospital three times because medical staff couldn’t diagnose his pancreatitis in time. Instead the poor man died in excruciating pain – and his devastated parents have made a righteously wrathful medical negligence claim.
But this is just one incredibly tragic example of the kinds of personal injury claims that have arisen recently because of medical negligence. It turns out that the 2013-14 year has been a bad one for the NHS, as the number of complaints against it have gone up by 7 per cent when compared to the 2012-13 year – or that’s what the Health & Social Care Information Centre says. The organisation released details revealing that there have been an eye-watering 174,000 complaints made. Not each and every one of them are as tragic and fatal as in the case of Andrew Raybould of course but it’s certainly keeping the nation’s personal injury solicitors busy in making claims.
The whole thing makes me incredibly uncomfortable though. I mean we’re talking about medical professionals that should be qualified to take care of us, not put us in more danger or even end up having us lose our lives due to their incompetence! What is it about the NHS that seems to attract so many doctors and other medical staff that don’t seem to know what they’re doing?
Of course it might not be the fault of the nation’s doctors and nurses. NHS hospitals are almost comically understaffed, and junior doctors oftentimes work shifts that are so long that they might go as long as 18 hours at a time without rest. It’s a situation that just breeds mistakes, and it’s positively criminal. What can you do besides hope and pray for the best?