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How Adele van der Walt Incorporated Can Assist with Medical Law Claims

Medical law is a vast and complex landscape. It can be incredibly daunting if you or a loved one have experienced medical negligence or malpractice from a hospital or healthcare provider. Not only are you dealing with physical consequences and deep emotional scars, but you also have to contend with numerous bureaucratic obstacles to access compensation and get justice. This is where an experienced medical law firm like Adele van der Walt Incorporated can help you to get the justice you deserve. 

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Understanding Instances of Malpractice in Medical Law 

In medical law, medical negligence is the omission of proper care or an act that violates acceptable standards of treatment in die medical profession. There are many examples of medical practice; these include: 

  • Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of an illness: This can lead to an incorrect and potentially dangerous treatment plan or the failure to offer treatment in time. For example, a doctor may misdiagnose a patient with anxiety or indigestion instead of noticing the early signs of a heart attack. Misdiagnosis only constitutes negligence if harm ensues following the misdiagnosis.
  • Treatment mistakes: These occur when medical practitioners prescribe the wrong medication or treatment plans for an illness or condition and cause harm to the patient. 
  • Surgical malpractice: This is when the surgeon acts in a negligent manner. For example, operating on the wrong part of the body or leaving a medical instrument inside a patient. 
  • Birth injuries: Birth injuries caused by a medical practitioner’s negligence are an instance of malpractice. For example, a practitioner who fails to monitor the baby’s breathing during birth could potentially be responsible for any subsequent brain damage or injury resulting from the lack of airflow. 
  • Wrongful death: The umbrella term of negligence also includes wrongful death, whereby death could have been avoided had the medical practitioner followed the proper standards. 

Consult with the Medical Law Experts at Adele van der Walt Incorporated 

Adele van der Walt Incorporated has a firm grasp of all elements of medical law in South Africa. We have a successful record of litigation relating to medical negligence that resulted in favourable settlements for malpractice and personal injury claims. We have expertise in several medical areas, including hospital negligence, insurance disability, fertility agreements, surrogacy agreements, Road Accident Fund claims, injury on duty claims, and more. 

For any information regarding medical law, get in touch with our team. We are committed to professionalism, confidentiality, and client satisfaction with every interaction.  

This article is for information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Call on our attorneys for legal advice, rather than relying on the information herein to make any decisions. The information is relevant to the date of publishing – June 2023.

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