GP Medical Negligence
Has your GP been guilty of medical negligence? Then Claims National can provide you with free advice and help on your claim for compensation.
Most people’s first point of call when unwell is the GP. The GP’s service is invaluable, however, they don’t always get it right and their errors can lead to devastating results. A GP’s negligence can result from:
- Failure to refer a patient for appropriate investigations, such as an x-ray, or specialist treatment
- Failure to promptly diagnose illness, such as cancer and meningitis
- Failure to identify the seriousness of an illness
- Sometimes errors are so severe they can have terrible effects on individuals and their families
Your GP’s profession includes identifying when you need to be referred to a specialist for treatment and to arrange assessment with appropriate urgency. Managing not so severe conditions and providing basic medical treatment is also in the role of a GP. Due to the high demand from patients in a GP’s job, and the fact that they must act quickly and efficiently, advising on a vast range of potential illnesses and treatment, GP’s are under a lot of pressure and therefore mistakes can be made. In the majority of cases, these mistakes are unintentional however, they can be categorized as GP negligence.
GP negligence covers a variety of circumstances, relating to your GP failing to present the service required. For example, GP negligence could be that your GP failed to refer you onto another speciality when needed.
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The most common types of GP negligence include:
- Misdiagnosing an illness
- Prescribing incorrect treatment
- Prescription errors
- Treatment errors
- Failing to refer to specialists for further diagnosis or treatment
An example of a GP negligence case is as follows;
A young girl’s GP missed her symptoms of diabetes and failed to diagnose her. This lead to a life threatening coma and serious complications, which made her eligible to make a claim for compensation of £32,500.
Another example of GP negligence was when a man tragically passed away after his GP failed to advise him on taking a life saving vaccination. With help from experienced solicitors, his family was able to claim £327,500 in compensation for the loss of a beloved family member.
The amount of compensation you receive will depend on the severity of your injuries, your prognosis, any time off work you require, loss of earnings, and the cost of any further medical treatment or therapy.