Making a General Practitioner Claim
Although GPs are highly trained and expert in their field, they can and do misdiagnose and entirely miss conditions which leads to patient pain and suffering.
For the majority of health concerns in the UK, we rely on our GP to diagnose or refer complaints on to the right specialists.
It is crucial that the GP treats each and every patient with the expected duty of care, taking the sufficient time to review symptoms and provide the best course of action for the patient.
The complex nature of the work and pressure on General Practice services mean that GPs occasionally struggle to provide patients with the time and attention they deserve.
Important details can be missed and this can have devastating consequences for the individual.
Having one’s health compromised by a GP can have a huge impact on an individual, as in many cases they have built up a relationship of trust and confidence.
What are the most common examples of GP negligence?
There are some more common examples of GP negligence that we tend to see at Medical Negligence Solutions and throughout the UK in general.
GP negligence claims commonly include:
- A delay in or failure to provide treatment
- Providing the wrong treatment
- Failure to refer to a specialist
- Failure to effectively investigate symptoms
- Incorrect diagnosis
- Failure to diagnose a serious illness, such as meningitis and angina
- Failure to refer a patient for cancer investigations
- Prescribing the wrong medication
- Failure to record patient information correctly
If you have experienced any one of the above situations, which has led you to increased pain and suffering, you may be entitled to compensation.
Can you claim against your GP?
When patients have been a victim to medical negligence, there can be a lot of self-doubt and uncertainty around whether the situation was negligent.
When clarifying whether there has been medical negligence by a GP, two questions are asked:
- Was there a breach of duty?
- Was the breach of duty the cause of your pain or loss?
A breach of duty occurs when the patient received below the expected standard of care for a medical professional, while causation requires the pain/loss to be caused as a result of the negligence (rather than the underlying condition).
Choose the GP Negligence Experts
If you think you may have suffered due to medical negligence, the best thing to do is speak to a GP compensation expert as early as possible, such as Medical Negligence Solutions.
This will mean you establish your chances of success quickly, which tends to reduce the level of stress in such a traumatic situation.
We offer an initial consultation, free of charge and at no obligation, and we also operate on a no win no fee basis in the majority of our cases.
To find if you’re eligible to make a claim and what your best options are moving forward, we urge you to speak to one of the legal experts at Medical Negligence Solutions by submitting an enquiry form or phoning directly on 0300 303 3634.
Frequently asked questions
Is there a time limit for bringing a compensation claim?
Yes, there is. In general, the time limit is 3 years from the date of the negligent treatment. If you were initially unaware that there was negligence at play, the 3 year time limit will apply from the date you first became aware that you suffered a significant injury and that injury was due to the defendant’s negligence. In practice, this means a claim form must be issued at Court to commence proceedings within 3 years of the negligent act or knowledge of the negligence.
Will I need to go to court?
In 97% of cases, medical negligence claims are settled before going to trial. However, in the unlikely event that you are required to go to court, we will be there to support you every step of the way.