When thinking about medical negligence, we automatically think of breach of hospital care; this is not necessarily the case. In any circumstance where a health professional looks after people’s health, therein lies the risk of medical negligence exposure. The threat of medical malpractice is not just confined to doctors, dentists and opticians, but to any person who is working in the health care field. Most professionals working in the industry are dedicated to providing their patients with the best possible care. Nevertheless, mistakes happen and they can be costly. Even where the liability is being defended, a large cost can be incurred.
Please consult our Medical Practitioner Occupation List and/or download the Proposal form and allow one of our experienced professional indemnity insurance team members help you find the right cover.
Top Tip #1
Remember to keep accurate patient notes and up to date records at all times.
Top Tip #2
Where instruments are used, make sure that they are sterilised at all times.
Top Tip #3
Stay up to date and be aware of new and revised legislative developments in your speciality area of practice.
Top Tip #4
Open and honest communication between you and your patient is key. This alleviates any misunderstandings, encourages empathy on your behalf and helps avoid exposure to medical malpractice claims.