What is medical negligence?

Medical negligence means that harm has been caused through medical treatment because the care you received was not up to the accepted standard. Medical negligence (also called clinical negligence) can happen in a number of situations which include:

  • when there are problems during labour, leading to a birth injury to the baby or injury to the mother
  • when a doctor fails to diagnose a condition – such as cancer – which then goes untreated
  • when something goes wrong during an operation
  • when the wrong medication or dosage is given



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