As most people’s first stop for health problems, General Practitioners or GPs see a high number of patients with a wide variety of conditions and illnesses. Despite the pressure, GPs typically do a good job of determining the correct course of action and helping you deal with your health issues as quickly as possible.
However, it is possible your GP may have made mistakes in diagnosing a condition or in the medical treatment that they provided which, if proven negligent, may form the grounds for a compensation claim.
If you feel that your GP has been negligent in dealing with your health concerns, you may be entitled to make a claim. The consequences of GP negligence can range from minimal to severe, and the compensation awarded will normally constitute a sum to reflect this pain and suffering and any other associated financial losses.
Devonshires Claims’ ‘No Win No Fee’ medical negligence solicitors are here to help people navigate the claims process. We are dedicated to helping those who have or are suffering, get help and justice through support and compensation. Our solicitors are highly experienced in GP negligence claims, as well as medical negligence cases in general. With this experience, we can help you make a successful claim.
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GP negligence occurs when your doctor or GP fails to provide you with care that meets a reasonable standard expected from a competent medical professional.
This lack of sufficient care may have significant repercussions, including a delay in recovery or even additional harm or injury. Misdiagnosis can be very harmful, delaying appropriate treatment and can lead to incorrect treatment. With serious illnesses such as cancer or meningitis, a misdiagnosis that delays early treatment can result in potentially devastating consequences including death.
Errors in prescribing medications can also cause problems, as people have different sensitivities and some medication has the potential to cause serious problems, including allergic reactions or adverse interactions with other medications or health conditions.
There are several situations in which you may be entitled to compensation as a result of GP negligence:
- Misdiagnosis of an illness, leading to incorrect or delayed treatment
- Errors in prescribing medication
- Errors in administering appropriate treatment
- Failure to refer a patient to an appropriate specialist for diagnosis and treatment
- Failure to conduct sufficient testing for diagnosis and monitoring purposes
- Inability to see a patient in a reasonable time frame, preventing diagnosis and treatment
- Insufficient review of test results
- Failure to recognise signs of serious illness such as heart problems and cancer
- Insufficient record-keeping leading to the loss of records necessary for correct diagnosis and treatment
- Negligent minor surgery
If you have suffered harm or injury because your doctor failed to provide appropriate and sufficient care, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
The best way to get started is to contact one of our specialists, who will review your case and determine if you have a claim. We operate under a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement.
We will answer any questions you have without legal or medical jargon.
In order to prove that your GP was negligent the following will need to be determined:
- A duty of care was owed
- Your GP failed in their duty of care
- You suffered harm as a direct result of this failure to meet appropriate standards and that this has led to a loss.
Supporting victims of medical negligence
If we believe that you have a legitimate claim, you will be assigned an expert solicitor who will work with you throughout the entire case, guiding you through the process and keeping you up to date with any progress. Our GP negligence experts provide support on a no win no fee basis*.
We will begin a thorough investigation in order to collect the evidence needed for your claim. This includes reviewing your medical records, and any other relevant documentation. We work with independent experts who can evaluate records and we will make the arrangements for you to see specialists who can assess your condition and determine whether any health issue has been directly affected by negligence on the part of your doctor.
A Conditional Fee Agreement, often called ‘No Win No Fee’ Agreement, means that there are no upfront costs to start your claim and you will pay nothing if your claim is not successful*.
Devonshires Claims is as invested as you are in winning your claim, and we want you to be able to focus on your health and well-being while we help you with every aspect of your claim.
Mistakes can also be made by staff working in a GP surgery. The staff could include locum doctors, practice nurses and administrative staff such as receptionists.
Common mistakes include:
- Failing to review a patient’s medical history
- Failing to diagnose a condition and/or failing to refer you to a specialist
- Losing or misplacing a patients notes or medical reports
- Providing the wrong prescription or at the wrong dose
- Mistakes in setting appointments and follow up consultations
If staff at a GP surgery have been negligent in the care they provided, and this negligence led to harm, you could be entitled to make compensation claim against the GP surgery.
A compensation claim for GP negligence will factor in the following:
- These relate your pain and suffering directly resulting from the negligence. It can also include the impact on the quality of your life.
These cover additional losses such as:
- Care: if your injury or health concerns have required the hiring of a nurse or personal carer, then the costs can be compensated following a successful claim.
- Loss of earnings: If you have lost income or wages as a result of the medical negligence, you can recover this. Additionally, it can be possible to claim the loss of future earnings in some cases together with pension losses.
- Travel Expenses: this can include the expenses to and from medical appointments, including fuel costs and train fare.
- Medical Expenses: medical expenses can include specialist equipment, ongoing or restorative medical treatment (this can be on a private basis), or physiotherapy and rehabilitation.
- Funeral expenses (in cases of bereavement).
Calculating the compensation awarded for GP negligence can be complex as it will be determined by the unique circumstances of the case – i.e. the nature of the negligent care and the impact of the negligence on your health and well-being.
For a more accurate assessment of your potential compensation figure, please contact Devonshires Claims for a free medical negligence case assessment.
Medical negligence claims must be made within three years of the date of the negligence or of the date you reasonable became aware of negligent treatment.
There are a few exceptions to this rule:
- Children – A medical negligence claim for a child can be made at any time before a child turns 18. Once the child turns 18, they will have three years in which to make claim i.e. before they turn 21.
- Mental Capacity – A child or adult without capacity to run a claim, may not have a time limit within which to bring a claim. We recommend that you contact Devonshires Claims if you have any queries involving those who lack capacity and our specialist solicitors will be able to assist.
Why Choose Devonshires Claims to pursue your GP negligence claim?
Our solicitors have years of experience with medical negligence claims. They have secured compensation for our clients in many different kinds of compensation claims, including those against hospitals, surgeons, and general practitioners.
If your GP has not properly diagnosed a condition or has failed to refer you to a necessary specialist, they have failed in their duty to provide you with a reasonable standard of care. Trained medical professionals can be held accountable for mistakes and negligence. Serious negligence can lead to life-threatening situations in the case of a dangerous progressive illnesses such as cancer, or ongoing disability and long-term poor health.
Sometimes it is difficult to prove that negligence led to poor health outcomes. When there are many factors to consider in a case, it is even more important to have a solicitor who is actively practising in the medical negligence field with a track record of success with GP negligence claims. If you need help with a negligence claim, don’t hesitate to contact us right away. We can help you determine whether you have a valid claim and take the steps to ensure that you get the maximum compensation you deserve.
Our medical negligence claims service provides:
- A free no-obligation case evaluation
- A ‘No Win – No Fee’ agreement
- Access to a network of medical experts and specialist barristers
- Over 20 years’ experience securing justice and compensation for victims of negligence.
There can be time constraints for filing a claim, so if you suspect that you may be entitled to compensation, get in touch today. Call us on 0333 577 9444, email firstname.lastname@example.org or complete our online form.