An injury received while in the hands of a medicalprofession can be traumatic ? and can also leave a person facing seriousfinancial difficulties. People can be left out of work and unable to pay thebills or feed their children.
In these situations, it is right that they have a route toredress and a means of ensuring that they are not left to suffer because ofsomething that was not their fault.
The principle of access to justice applies across the board,whether the accident or injury occurs in the workplace, on the road or in ahospital.
Those who work in the medical profession, have a "dutyof care" to ensure their patients receive the correct treatment in aproper manner. In the majority of cases, medical professionals carry out theirwork to a high standard - however, sometimes mistakes do happen and patientscan suffer as a result.
If someone feels they have incurred an injury due to theactions (or lack of actions) by a doctor, nurse, surgeon or dentist, then theymay be liable to make medical negligence claims (clinical negligence claims).
Medical negligence claims can vary frommis-diagnosis, delay in diagnosis which resulted in an injury, surgical errors,neglect and injuries to a mother or child during childbirth (birth injuryclaims).
The compensation amounts that you can receive following asuccessful medical negligence (clinical negligence) claim depends on many factorsincluding the severity of the injury caused, salary (if your normal salary ishigh and you cannot work as a result of your injury, then you would expect morecompensation) and the number of financial dependents you have.
Due to the nature of the claim, medical negligence claimscan be lengthy and complex, proving that a medical practitioner was in factnegligent and that the injury was a direct result of that medical professional?snegligence. It is therefore crucial that claimants deal with specialist medicalnegligence solicitors who have experience in the field.
The National Accident Helpline deals with a network ofhighly experienced specialist no win no feesolicitors across the country who can deal with your medicalnegligence claim in a professional and efficient manner. So, if you feel youhave been a victim of clinical negligence, you can speak to an expert to see ifyou can make a compensation claim.
Many people balk at the prospect of making a claim. Navigatingthe claims process can be daunting, but it is important to remember that thecompensation claims system is in place for a reason ? and the principal ofaccess to justice is important.
The first step to making a claim is speaking to a trainedperson who can advise as to whether your claim is worth pursuing. This can bedone easily. At NationalAccident Helpline, call centre staff can tell you whether they think youshould speak to a solicitor. They can then put you in touch with one in yourarea to progress your claim.
Externship For Medical Assistants
As more people turn to the Internet for information, hospitals are now realizing the importance of posting more information online.
Kaiser Permanente is leading the way in this effort. The non profit health care provider that provides access to more than 8.6 million users has centers in California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Ohio, Oregon, Virginia, Washington, and Washington D.C and the District of Columbia.
As part of its efforts to make health care more efficient and easier to patients and doctors, Kaiser Permanente is making more information available online. Therefore, members of Kaiser Insurance can access their medical records online as well as schedule appointments and see the results of a test online.
The online feature is part of an overall process of digitization of healthcare records of Kaiser Perm members. Through the Health Connect project, online information is available to the 8.6 million Kaiser Insurance members.
Kaiser Permanente physicians in California, Colorado, Georgia, Oregon and Virginia agree that e-mail and other online services are adding convenience and improving patient care, while not replacing the need for face-to-face visits.
Apart from making appointments online and reading the results of a test online; members of Kaiser Insurance can also access information on health conditions online. Kaiser Permanente health care members can find out the signs of a heart attack or a stroke online. If they have any doubts or questions, they can call up health care professionals at Kaiser Permanente and get the information clarified.
The digitization of records by Kaiser Permanente allows nurses and physicians to access patient information at all times. A cart-mounted, wireless computer gives nurses the ability to chart patient data, review medical information and examine patient records in real-time.
Kaiser Permanente officials say that the online records are extremely useful at times of emergency. In case, a member of Kaiser health insurance is out of town when an emergency happens, then officials at any one of the Kaiser Permanente hospitals can easily access and pull up the information. This helps improve communication between physicians at various hospitals as well as departments within a hospital.
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