Medical Negligence on Screen and In Reality

Medical Negligence on Screen and In Reality

Some of the greatest television and dramas have hospital settings or have medical professionals as their protagonists. It's also true that some of the

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Some of the greatest television and dramas have hospital settings or have medical professionals as their protagonists. It’s also true that some of the greatest moments of drama on the big and small screen have revolved around medical negligence and medical malpractice. It makes for thrilling drama, especially as the viewer can all too easily imagine it happening to them or a loved one.

What these on-screen episodes of medical negligence often fail to show is the aftermath of the negligence: the pain or disability caused by it, and the efforts of medical negligence lawyers to ensure that the victims get the compensation they need and deserve. Real life may not always have a happy ending, which is why if you think you have been the victim of medical negligence you should get in touch with experts on the matter, for example The Medical Negligence Experts whose name alone makes them a suitable choice! But other than that, this firm are highly recommended and are a highly reputable UK firm with some of the most professional and experience solicitors. By speaking to experts, you can ensure a medical negligence claim progresses as quickly and as smoothly as possible.

With this in mind, let’s look at some of the most famous episodes of medical negligence on screen, and then look at how it compares to everyday reality.

An Imprisoned Doctor on Holby City

‘Holby City’ is one of the most loved shows in British television history, and there have been over 900 episodes since it was launched as a sister show to Casualty in January 1999. The longest running character on the show is Dr. Ric Griffin, played by Hugh Quarshie, and viewers were left stunned when he found himself in prison and accused of medical negligence as the new year of 2018 dawned. Ric found himself in big trouble after his patient Elaine Warren died of blood poisoning while in his care. At a coroner’s inquest Ric is questioned why he didn’t prescribe the patient blood thinning drugs that could have saved her life. The doctor is adamant that he asked his nurse Donna to order them, but she denies ever being asked this, leading to Ric’s arrest while he awaits trial on a medical malpractice charge.

In reality, it is unlikely that a doctor without previous convictions would have found himself in prison awaiting trial under these circumstances, but this storyline does raise some interesting points. Whether the doctor or nurse was at fault, the woman’s life should have been saved with the administering of the correct drugs. The family of the patient should therefore have consulted medical negligence solicitors who would have helped them make a claim against individuals or Holby City Hospital itself.

Plastic Surgery Gone Wrong

Cosmetic surgery is becoming increasingly popular, but when it goes wrong the results can be devastating, as viewers of ‘The Depth of Beauty’, a 1979 episode of ‘Quincy, M.E.’ found. Quincy, as it was popularly termed, was one of the world’s most loved television shows in the 1970s and 1980s. Jack Klugman played the title character, a forensic pathologist (or medical examiner) in Los Angeles, who spent less time examining bodies than he did solving crimes and apprehending villains. In this

particular episode, Quincy investigates a woman’s suicide after an incompetent cosmetic surgeon botches a face peel. He wins belated justice for her by ensuring that the doctor’s practice is closed down.

Quincy is set in the United States, and the American legal system can vary greatly from ours, especially when it comes to medical negligence UK and USA. It is clear in this episode that the doctor was not competent to practice, and that he had made similar mistakes previously. In these circumstances it would not be a pathologist who closes the practice down, but this is exactly what could result from a claim made by a medical negligence solicitor. They could also ensure that the patient, or in this case their family, is compensated for the terrible loss they suffered.

Medical Negligence Before the Courts

Paul Newman is a Hollywood legend, but for many his greatest role came as alcoholic lawyer Frank Galvin in the critically acclaimed 1982 movie ‘The Verdict’. Newman is a lawyer who has seen better days, and who reluctantly takes on a medical negligence case representing a woman who has been in a coma since being deprived of oxygen after the administering of an anaesthetic during childbirth. After turning down a settlement offer, the lawyer initially runs into a series of difficulties, including frightened witnesses and a judge who is less than co-operative. At the film’s conclusion, Newman’s lawyer wins the case, and his clients receive a huge pay out.

Here, at last, is a drama that shows the legal aftermath of medical negligence and dealing as it does with negligence during childbirth it is based upon an all too believable scenario. Where ‘The Verdict’ strays a little from reality, however, is the choice of this down at heel non-specialist lawyer for such an important medical malpractice case. To achieve the best results, it’s essential to seek help from experts in the medical negligence claim field. Had the clients done so, they may have achieved the result they wanted far quicker, but of course that wouldn’t have made a film worthy of being nominated for five Academy Awards.

Trust Me, I’m A Doctor

Jodie Whittaker is now most famous for becoming the first ever female Doctor Who, but we’re concerned with her recent performance as a doctor of a very different kind: a fake doctor. The series aired in 2017 centred upon a nurse named Cath Hardacre, who loses her job after becoming a whistle blower. Somewhat improbably, she then starts a new life north of the border and becomes a doctor in a busy accident and emergency ward after stealing a friend’s identity. The viewers are doubtless cheering Cath on, but are left with uncomfortable questions as to whether this woman should really be trusted to carry out her vital work.

There is no doubt that ‘Trust Me‘ was a fascinating and well-acted piece of television, but thankfully there are few instances of people posing successfully as doctors, particularly within a hospital environment. The drama was relevant however in its depiction of how much we believe what doctors and other medical professionals tell us. We are right to put our trust in medics, and it is their duty to ensure that we are given the best advice and the best possible care at all times. That doesn’t always happen. Medical negligence solicitors often deal with cases of doctors who have betrayed that trust, either intentionally or accidentally, and destroyed the life of patients and their families.

Medical negligence claims UK can be made for a wide variety of reasons, and in response to negligence or medical malpractice by doctors, nurses, dentists, physiotherapists, or staff in care homes and other environments where people are cared for. There are also many things that can be claimed for, from loss of life at the most serious end of the scale, to the need for lifelong care, disabilities, pain that is either permanent or temporary, and mental anguish and loss of earnings now and in the future. It’s a complicated field, but specialist solicitors will be able to make the claims process as straightforward as possible and will do all they can to ensure that you receive all the compensation you’re entitled to. We’ve had a light-hearted look at some enthralling TV and film dramas, but medical negligence is no laughing matter, so if you think that you or a loved one has suffered, don’t delay, contact medical negligence solicitors as soon as possible.