If you feel your doctor was negligent in dealing with you, please call our medical negligence solicitors for an initial consultation on freephone 0800 916 9049 or start your claim online and we’ll be happy to call you at a convenient time.
GPs manage day-to-day medical problems and concerns. Although they’re not usually specialists, they should know when to refer a patient to a more specialist doctor. While the vast majority of patients will have a positive experience with their GP and receive good or even exceptional care, this doesn’t always happen. Unfortunately, sometimes GPs make mistakes and these mistakes can be devastating.
Common types of GP negligence claims
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has guidelines in place to help GPs provide treatment and make referrals. Failure to follow those guidelines can result in negligent treatment, including:
- Failing to diagnose meningitis
- Failing to diagnose brain haemorrhages
- Failing to refer a patient for cancer investigations
- Failing to make planned referrals to a specialist
- Failing to order necessary tests
- Not conducting a satisfactory physical exam
- Not taking the patient’s medical history into account
- Prescribing the wrong medication or making a mistake with a prescription
- Failing to diagnose unstable angina, leading to cardiac arrest
These are just a small number of examples of the kind of situations in which GPs can make mistakes, but the results of negligence or errors can be serious for patients.
Many of the cases that the Slater and Gordon team have dealt with involve problems with diagnosis. Your GP may be the first place you go to for medical help if you have symptoms or are worried about something. At this initial stage, it’s crucial that the warning signs of something more serious are spotted and the appropriate action taken - such as further tests, referrals or a treatment plan.
If your GP doesn’t identify a condition properly or refer you to a specialist if required, they’re failing in their duty to provide you with the standard of care you expect from a trained medical professional. Even worse, if a GP dismisses your concerns and doesn’t take your complaint seriously, it could lead to a catastrophic situation for you as the patient.
If a serious condition such as cancer isn’t spotted early enough, it could be life-threatening. Other mistakes can cause discomfort and unnecessary pain at best, and result in disability and long-term conditions in worst-case situations.
Starting GP negligence claims
Just like with other clinical and medical negligence cases, in most claims involving GP negligence you have three years in which to make your claim. This time limit is from when your GP made a mistake, or the time that you became aware that a part of your treatment fell short of the expected standards. If a medical mistake involves a child, in England and Wales the three-year time limit starts on their 18th birthday whereas in Scotland it starts on their 16th birthday.
This is why, if you have concerns that you’ve been a victim of GP negligence, it’s important to seek expert legal advice as soon as possible. Don’t delay in getting this support, as it never hurts to discuss the situation with a trained expert and to at least find out if you could have a claim.
Please give our specialist GP negligence solicitors a call on freephone 0800 916 9049. We’ll take the details of what happened and offer advice on what to do next. Our solicitors will explain how the process of claiming compensation works, offer initial advice on whether your claim could be successful and if so, how much compensation you could receive.
Our aim is to provide honest, realistic advice and to always put the client first. We avoid unnecessarily complicated legal language and explain everything as clearly as possible, keeping you updated at every stage of the process.
Negligence claims against GPs - how we can help
Slater and Gordon Lawyers can provide immediate legal representation anywhere in the UK. This means that wherever you live, we can help. We can also connect you to support and help for recovery and rehabilitation. It’s all part of our comprehensive personal injury claims service.
Many of the solicitors at Slater and Gordon Lawyers are members of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). Some of our team are also members of Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA), which is the UK charity for patient safety and justice.
No Win, No Fee GP negligence compensation claims
What’s more, 98% of Slater and Gordon’s clinical and medical negligence claims are funded by a No Win, No Fee agreement. This is also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement, and what it means is that you won’t face any financial risk if you wish to start a GP negligence compensation claim. Unless you win your case, you won’t pay any legal costs.
Our medical negligence solicitors have secured compensation in many different types of claims against doctors, surgeons and GPs.
In these types of cases, where it can sometimes be difficult to prove that negligence caused injuries, it's important to choose lawyers with the specialist expertise to help you. Slater and Gordon Lawyers have an impressive track record of successfully handling GP negligence claims. If you need our help, we’ll be able to advise you on our No Win, No Fee services and any time constraints within which you have to start your GP negligence claim.
Please call our medical negligence solicitors for expert legal advice on freephone 0800 916 9049. This line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you’d prefer, you can make an enquiry or start your claim online and we’ll call you.