GP Negligence Compensation Claims
The care you receive from a GP is usually very good.
But there are, unfortunately, occasions when your GP has provided a sub-standard, negligent level of care.
When this happens, bringing a claim for compensation, along with a request for a full explanation, and apology, is sometimes the only way you can obtain justice for mistakes made.
If you or your family have suffered a serious injury as a result of GP negligence, our team of expert medical negligence solicitors can help you pursue a claim for compensation. To speak with one of our GP negligence experts call your local office.
What Is The Role Of A GP?
According to the NHS, the role of a GP is to ‘treat all common medical conditions and refer patients to hospitals and other medical services for urgent and specialist treatment.’ A GP is therefore the first point of contact you may have if you do not think your injury or illness warrants a visit to the A&E department, and play a central role in referring patients to specialist hospitals to make sure they get the correct treatment.
They help manage your health and prevent illness, GPs are trained
in all aspects of general medicine, including the looking after the health of our children, mental health, the diagnosis and management of acute medical and surgical problems and the management of longterm health conditions such as diabetes and asthma, ophthalmology (eyes), ENT (ear, nose and throat) and dermatology (skin). Some also carry out practical procedures such as minor surgery, including curettage (scraping), cautery (burning) or cryocautery (freezing) of warts, verrucae or other skin lesions carried out using local anaesthesia. They carry out screening for some serious life-threatening illnesses such as some cancers and promote general health and wellbeing.
The role our your local GP is extremely important- they are the gatekeepers to you receiving a second opinion, or further treatment if they choose to refer you to a medical practitioner specialising in a certain injury or illness.
Due to the wide range of health conditions GPs are called upon to identify, it is extremely important that GPs are attentive, vigilant and offer patients the best level of care, and the care that we all pay for, as part of funding the NHS through the tax we pay to the government. All UK residents are entitled to the services of an NHS GP, so as you can imagine, they ae often busy people, and this, along with a lack of care, can lead to injuries or illness being caused.
What is a GP Negligence Claim?
We have discussed the varied, and important role of our GP, above, so we know what they can treat, and the level of care they must give you as a patient,
However, GPs do make mistakes, and if your GP fails to listen to your symptoms carefully, or fails to refer you for further treatment, the effects can be very serious and lead to prolonged and worsening health conditions. Often, a mistake made by a GP will amount to negligence, and if your illness or injury has been prolonged as the result of a GPs negligence, then you may be able to make a claim for compensation, on a no win no fee basis.
MG Legal’s team of trusted medical negligence solicitors have a combined knowledge of 30 plus years in the medical negligence industry, with many of the claims we accept, on a no win no fee basis, being as a result of a GPs negligence. Below are some of the examples our medical negligence solicitors have successful pursued compensation against, on a no win no fee basis:
an incorrect medical diagnosis;
an unreasonable delay in diagnosis or treatment;
there’s been an unreasonable delay in telling you the results of tests;
your GP ignores important symptoms;
consent issues. For example, you weren’t given information about the severe side effects of a certain medication so you weren’t able to make an informed choice about consenting to the treatment;
refusal to make an appropriate referral to a hospital;
delays in passing on information to other professionals;
Delays in diagnosis of cancer;
Failure to refer for urgent treatment for meningitis, eyesight resulting in blindness or Achilles tendon injuries;
Making wrong medical diagnoses.
Our medical negligence solicitors know that you may have a long -term relationship with your family GP, and that before their negligence, you trusted them. However, sometimes your GP will make mistakes or have lapses of judgement that can lead to a misdiagnosis or serious delay in treatment, and the injuries, illness or effects of their lapse of judgment can make you ill, or worsen the symptoms you were already suffering. When this happens, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation against your GP.
Making compensation claims against GPs is one way to seek resolution and draw a line under the incident that caused your suffering. Your condition should never be made worse at the hands of your GP but unfortunately, in a busy GPs surgery, mistakes do happen, and GP negligence can make a serious health condition critical. However, if it is, you have the legal right to obtain justice. If you have any questions or queries, or are wondering if you have a claim for compensation against your GP, then contact our offices, for a no obligation, no cost talk, with one of our GP negligence experts.
In order to succeed in any claim you have to prove that a GPs error of judgment or mistake was negligent, and that the negligent treatment caused you illness, or injury. We can advise you upon your prospects of succeeding in your claim.
If you are worried about making a claim against your GP, then don’t be. Our team of medical negligence experts will walk you through the whole process, and trust us when we say that you probably won’t be the first, or only person to make a claim for compensation against them.
In October 2017, the government announced plans for GPs to be covered by the state-backed insurance scheme. From 1 April 2019, NHS Resolution will now handle medical negligence claims bought against GPs.
What are cause of GP negligence claims?
From experience, and indeed the apologies our clients have received from their GPs It is an ongoing reported problem that our GPs have too much work, too little time and too few resources, with which to give patients the time, care and attention that we need when we attend upon our local GP’s surgery. But, if you suffer injury at the hands of your GP, or as a result of their negligent acts or omissions, then you have the right to do something about it, and claim compensation that enables you to get on with the rest of your life.
We are quite sure that no GP ever sets out to be negligent, but when serious injury, and even fatalities, can occur when they are rushing, or they fail in their duty to refer you to a specialist for further investigation into your illness, then something needs to be done. The main causes of GP negligence claims are avoidable, and you should not suffer if you have been affected by a lack of care and attention.
Questions? Queries? Please do not hesitate to contact MG Legal's expert medical negligence solicitors, for a no obligation chat about how we can help you claim compensation, on a no win no fee basis.