MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE IN SOUTH AFRICA
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WHAT DO MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CLAIMS ENTAIL IN SOUTH AFRICA?
Medical negligence or also commonly referred to as Medical malpractice occurs when a medical entity, medical professional or healthcare practitioner, through their wrongful action or omission, deviates from administering the proper care as upheld in their profession and, by doing so, causes injury to a patient in their care. Medical negligence could arise from an incorrect diagnosis, treatment, aftercare or general health management. Medical practitioners, hospitals and healthcare professionals in South Africa are bound by law to uphold and adhere to accepted standards of practice and provide professional care that doesn’t put patients at any risk.
If you feel that your rights to proper care were violated or you are a victim of medical malpractice, you can claim damages. At this stage, it is important to consult with an experienced medical negligence lawyer whereby they can assist you in instituting a civil case in the Magistrate’s Court or the High Court to claim for damages suffered.
Depending on the medical malpractice matter, patients can claim damages or sue a doctor or healthcare practitioner directly; or sue the hospital in question and or the State. In the latter case, the hospital and State may be held accountable/liable for the misconduct/malpractice by offending doctors, nurses, hospital administrators or other personnel.