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The social resonance in clinical negligence and medical errors

According to numerous polls and researches it became clear that the more experience, integrity and honesty the doctor has, the more often he would be wrong. This is where a doctor can demonstrate his wisdom by admitting mistakes, publicly discussing them, and trying to learn the ways to avoid them in future. Narcissism and ignorance, the belief that the risk of mistake is excluded is a road to new and new errors, the fact that may lead a specialist to legal liability. A universal position for the doctor in this case should be a detailed approach to studying issues and thorough exploration of all the manifestations.

diagnostic processClinical experience shows that even with modern medical-diagnostic equipment in hospitals, a sincere desire to do good, diligent and devoted work, most good doctors are not protected from errors of moral, ethical and professional nature. For example, radiological examination of the stomach in 30% yields erroneous data. The reliability of ultrasound diagnosis, taking one of the leading places in the paraclinical diagnosis, in cardiovascular disease ranges from 50-80% to 90-95%. According to a number of medical negligence solicitors, running their profiles at Solicitors.Guru (one of the most dynamically developing startups in the UK that allows you to find a solicitor really quickly), the percentage of difference in clinical and pathologic diagnosis is 10-20% of all autopsies, while the frequency of differences in comparison with basic diagnoses ranges from 4,7 to 21,6% of autopsies. (more…)

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Legal services consumer behaviour: plunging in the numbers

According to the recent study an overwhelming majority of legal services consumers cover legal expenses on their own. YouGov, a prominent statistics agency, has recently published a comprehensive review of the state of affairs around legal services consumption in the UK. According to stats, 61% of respondents from various corners of the United Kingdom has covered legal services out of pocket in 2011, and 4 years later in the year 2015 this number has increased up to 64%. The fact should be underlined that just 5% has used legal aid to cover their expenses and the number remain unchanged until 2015 as well. 6% of respondents used their insurance to pay for legal assistance, while no win no fee arrangements accounted for as little as 4% in 2012 and 5% in 2015.

Legal consumer behaviourAccording to the report, the better part of respondents has paid over 1000 pounds for a single legal service – 20%, the second largest group as for expenditures comprised 15% of respondents (they spent from 500 to 1000 pounds for the service). Getting a legal service at a cost not exceeding 50 pounds has been reported in just 3% of cases. The median as for the cost has risen from 400 pounds in 2012 to 1755 pounds in 2015. As for the total amounts spent per service, a better part of the respondents didn’t spend more than 500 pounds. The calculations of the total cost where displayed as a fixed fee when a customer received the bill in 46 percent of cases in 2015; an hourly rate, percentage battery and the combination of the above were reported in it in 8, 4 and 10% accordingly. (more…)