More Articles

Negligence by Medical Professionals

What to Do After Negligence by Medical Professionals

Experiencing negligence by medical professionals can be an incredibly traumatic and overwhelming experience. Not only are you trying to navigate the emotional and physical toll, but you are likely also considering seeking redress. Navigating the legal and medical nuances of malpractice might feel daunting when approaching it alone, and that’s where our seasoned attorneys can support you. We understand the intricacies of medical malpractice and negligence by medical professionals and can assist you in accessing the justice you deserve.

Negligence by medical Professionals

Understanding Negligence by Medical Professionals

All doctors and medical professionals must meet reasonable medical standards when practising medicine. This includes safeguarding their patients and not putting them at unnecessary risk. While no doctor can cure every single disease or save every single patient, it’s paramount that doctors meet these standards. When they do not, medical negligence occurs. Examples include:

  • The failure of a medical practitioner to conduct the right tests and subsequently miss a diagnosis.
  • A doctor prematurely discharging a patient and causing further harm.
  • Failing to conduct an emergency C-section when labour is prolonged and harming the mother or child.
  • Failure to properly take medical history from a patient and missing out on vital information.
  • A surgeon operating on the wrong part of the body.
  • A health professional failing to properly monitor a patient after surgery.

Negligence by medical professionals can take many shapes and forms. If you or a loved one has experienced it, you’re not alone, and there is help.

What to Do When You Face Medical Negligence

After the negligence occurs, it’s best to contact an attorney with experience in medical law. They will advise you on your case and on any evidence that needs to be collected (for example, medical records or correspondence with the healthcare provider).  They can also assist you in instituting a civil case against the specific professional, the hospital body, or their insurer at the High Court or local Magistrate’s Court. To prove that medical negligence has occurred, the patient must show that they have endured emotional, physical, or financial harm or a subsequent loss of income.

Reach Out to Our Seasoned Attorneys

If you or someone close to you has experienced negligence by medical professionals, we are here to assist you in accessing your rights. Reach out to Adele van der Walt Incorporated and we will advise you on the steps ahead. We bring sensitivity, confidentiality, and professionalism to every case along with our vast legal knowledge and understanding of medical law.

Disclaimer: 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 – February 2024.

Contact us