Also referred to as medical malpractice, clinical negligence involves errors committed by health care professionals in rendering health services. Such professionals are not necessarily doctors, but individuals who practice medicine. This can include nurses, hospital staff, or caregivers. The term clinical negligence is more commonly used in the United Kingdom and refers to an offense committed by health care professionals when they do not meet a certain set of standards when delivering their services. This can lead to damages, losses, or injuries of those who are subject to their treatment or care.
Several things can be considered as clinical negligence. Providing the wrong diagnosis or providing a diagnosis after a reasonable amount of time can be a basis for a clinical negligence lawsuit. Refusing to provide treatment or care may also be considered as grounds for clinical negligence. However, cases of clinical negligence are often categorized according to the amount of financial liability the medical practitioner has to shoulder. This is usually defined by the severity of the consequences that arose from the act of clinical negligence. The value of such a financial liability may include losses or injuries that the person may suffer in the future due to what has happened to him or her from clinical negligence.
Although financial liability is the primary outcome of a case of clinical negligence, some civil groups and those in the medical community assert that the burden of financial liability may be too excessive. Individuals who claim to have been a victim of clinical negligence wish for greater compensation than what is necessary.