What does Medical Negligence Law say about Medical Equipment Errors


Here you’ll find an introduction about medical negligence related to medical equipment failures. The article throw light on various dimensions of such instances and also elaborates what tort law says about it.

For those who fall victim to medical equipment failures, no win no fee compensation claims can be filed in UK. Whether it is medical equipment or any other product, the ‘Consumer Protection Act’ in UK defines stringent regulations for governing the manufacturing of products. And in case somebody is subjected to injuries due to any kind of product failure or related medical negligence, the victims can go ahead to make a formal complaint against it. However, when it comes to medical equipment failures, the situation gets even more serious. The equipment manufacturers are lawfully bound to supply quality medical equipment that is not only fit for the intended job but is infallible during use. Though, all medical tools and equipment is rigorously tested before sale, it is not beyond possibility that medical equipment failures or related medical negligence still occur and prove detrimental to patients.

Despite having strict laws in effect, a fraction of medical equipment manufacturers in UK knowingly sell faulty products just for the sake of profit. It can eventually put thousands of lives on risk. Did you ever happen to encounter medical equipment related medical negligence during your medical treatment? Let me share some known kinds of such failures that may result in various complications and hazards to patient’s health. For example: broken, fractured or bent meddles of injections; damaged endotracheal tube or drip; faulty sensors for heart monitoring; broken surgical tools; faulty wiring of display screens; poorly maintained equipment; faulty pacemakers; and many other medical equipment failures that could arise to threat the life of patients under treatment. 

If your ill fate makes you acquire injuries through some defective medical equipment, you have solid grounds to initiate a ‘product liability claim’ against manufacturers of the product. In some cases, however, medical equipment failures can be ascribed to medical negligence by medical professionals, in that case it would be termed as medical malpractice and victims can file medical negligence compensation claim against it.But, it is not that simple to ascertain the liability for medical equipment failures.It becomes hard to define if the manufacturer is liable or it is unskilled use of that equipment which resulted in undue injuries to patients. Thus, it leaves no other way but to discuss these cases with some professional solicitor who can better assess the niceties of case and can judge who is to blame for victim’s injuries.

The efficacy of modern medical equipment is not to be underestimated, so are medical equipment failures. If accurate equipment can help in diagnosing difficult conditions and diseases, which was otherwise impossible, the faulty equipment or medical negligence can aggravate the situation. Just imagine if a pacemaker or vital equipment such as defibrillators ceases to work, patient can become fully unconscious or even dead if not attended immediately. The implications of medical equipment failures or related medical negligence could vary depending on the reliance upon that particular equipment. From a minor discomfort to lifelong disabilities, faulty medical equipment could beget different degrees of damages.



Whether it on manufacturer’s part to deliver defected equipment, or medical professionals have shown medical negligence in using and maintaining medical equipment up to standards, the patients who eventually experience unnecessary injuries owing to medical equipment failures, are to be legally compensated against their damages. In both cases, victims are eligible for pursuing ‘no win no fee’ compensation claims in UK. All famous law firms and medical negligence lawyers work to seek justice for their clients by suing the liable party who has flouted the relevant regulations. Such claims work on conditional fee agreements, according to which defeated party has to pay for entire losses, be it medical or legal, borne by the victims.