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GP Negligence Injury Compensation Claims
The care we receive from our GPs is usually very good. But there are, unfortunately, occasions when our GPs provide a sub-standard, negligent level of care, leaving you with an undiagnosed illness, injury, or worse off than you were before you attended your GP for treatment.
What is a GP negligence claim?
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.
With many injuries and health conditions, early diagnosis and medication, or treatment, is key to ensure that the patient can make a full recovery as fast as possible.
However, largely as a result of GP doctors and medical professionals being overworked, sometimes mistakes are made, and this does not happen. If you have visited a GP regarding a health concern, and have been subject to a poor standard of care during this visit, from the doctor or another medical professional, then you could be elibible to make a cliam for financial compensation, otherwise known as a GP negligence claim.
See below for an explanation of specific issues and acts of negligence that may constitute a successful GP negligence claim for financial compensation.
How do I know if I have a claim for GP negligence?
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. 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;
Failure to refer for urgent treatment for meningitis, eyesight resulting in blindness or Achilles tendon injuries;
Making wrong medical diagnoses.
Does my GP owe me a duty of care?
The short answer to this question is yes. GP doctors are regulated by the General Medical Council (GMC) which sets out a number of standards that all GPs owe their patients.
These standards of care include:
Taking action if they believe there are symptoms that a patients health is at risk
Putting the patient’s needs first and always providing a good standard of care
Working in partnership with patients and colleagues
These standards offer some helpful guidance when attempting to establish whether or not a GP has acted negligently, but we must remember that they are only guidance, and are not legally binding.
In the eyes of the law, a doctor’s duty of care is judged by whether or not their care to a treatment conforms to the standard reasonable expected by a competent doctor in a similar position. This is known as the Bolam Test, and our specialist medical negligence solicitors are well versed at how the process works in medical negligence cases and claims.
How long do I have to make a GP negligence claim?
If you believe you have a GP negligence claim, contact a solicitor specialising in medical negligence claims, straight away, here.
If you were over 18 when you suffered the GP medical negligence, then you have 3 years from the date of the negligence to bring a claim for financial compensation. This period starts either on the date of the negligent act (if you are aware of it immediately) or otherwise when you become aware of the link between your injury and the act of negligence; this is referred to as the 'date of knowledge'.
These limits can sometimes be different, for example when dealing with children or patients with limited capacity. If you are in doubt at all about your claim, contact MG Legal’s specialist GP negligence solicitors to ensure that you receive the advice you need immediately and you do not miss any deadlines that might stop you making a GP negligence claim.
Why choose MG Legal for my GP negligence claim?
Here at MG Legal, we know that suffering injuries as a result of GP negligence can be extremely upsetting, and can affect your trust in the NHS and healthcare system forever. We understand that the situation will be very personal to you, often being in relation to a long-standing family doctor.
Our specialist GP Negligence solicitors have over thirty years of experience in both medical negligence and personal injury claims, and have a success rate in excess of 99% in all the claims that we accept. We are so sure of the ability of our team to win cases, that we accept all claims on a No Wee No Fee basis. This means that if we do not win your case, and win financial compensation for you as our client, they do not get paid for their work, and you owe us nothing.
Get in touch with our GP Negligence solicitors today, here, for a no-obligation discussion of your potential claim.