Category: Medical Legal
June 15, 2018
Your first step, after receiving a letter from the GMC, should be to contact a GMC Do this before responding to the complaint, and follow any advice that they give. For information on hiring an effective lawyer for this task, this page may be of some help.
If you are dealing with a patient that wishes to remain under your care, then it would be beneficial to your case to continue treating the patient as long as they are compliant and there is still some trust. If you feel that there is no trust, and you worry that the patient is not getting the care that they need, then you will be better off, in a lot of instances, if you end the professional relationship and refer the patient to a senior colleague.
You should work with a senior colleague in any case, to determine if there is any validity to the complaint that the patient has made. The GMC does not wish to catch doctors out, and will look favorably upon a doctor who is willing to learn and to work to improve themselves. If there is some validity to the complaint that was made, discuss options with your colleagues, seek out training, and develop an action plan to ensure that you are able to offer better treatment to future patients.
A GMC complaint is something that can be a huge source of stress, but as long as you have been following best practices, you do not need to worry too much. Document everything you can as soon as the complaint is made, and work with your lawyer to build a good case.
February 16, 2017
Pain and Suffering. Pain and suffering is the hurt which you suffered as a result of your injury. It's the pain affiliated with a broken bone or the pain associated with injury to the back or neck as an example. In a trial a jury or the In a trial a jury or the judge will put a specific dollar amount on that specific recoverable damage. In most jurisdictions, including Maryland, pain and suffering damages are capped at a specific dollar amount no matter how awful an injury may be. You can thank your legislature for their enlightenment in capping damages in horrific cases that deserve more than a capped amount.
Another significant factor to think about in case value is permanency or permanent injury to the person. Permanency is the level of impairment that doesn't go away, but instead is life long as an effect of the injury. This particular variety of damage is very important because the fact finder is looking at a life time loss to the man or woman which means a calculation must be done year by year for the rest of one's life. This can turn into much bigger damage numbers. In any given case, your treating doctor will have to generate the decision as to what level of permanency you have gone through to a reasonable degree of medical probability.
Without a permanency claim for damages, damages will generally be restricted to soft tissue or short term injury. You will be remunerated for pain and suffering for the period of time you suffered. Essentially, if the treating doctor can not testify that you've got sustained a permanent injury to a reasonable degree of medical probability, or if there isn't any finding of a "long-term harm" by a doctor, the fact finder will probably be constrained on damages. Bear in mind that, economic damages such a medical bills incurred and lost wages are not limited like non-economic damages and are designed to compensate for all reasonable and anticipated economic loss resulting from the car crash.
Due to the fact that the law is so specific regarding injuries and the medical documentation, it is vital to follow your treating doctors' recommendations for your own course of treatment. Be certain you inform your doctor in specific detail, about all your injuries because if you fail to do so, it will not be documented and if its not documented, it never happened. Obviously, you don't over-exaggerate your claim to your medical provider but accuracy and detail is always important.