GP Negligence

A GP is usually the first port of call if we are feeling out of sorts or a member of family is feeling unwell. We put our faith and trust in our GP to advise us what is wrong, diagnose why we are not feeing on top form and administer any treatment required to aid our recovery. GPs are depended upon by their patients to make a judgment about whether their condition is serious enough to warrant being referred to a specialist. Often the decision to refer the patient is not taken at all, or is not taken quickly enough. So what happens if the GP gets it wrong? This article looks at examples of GP negligence, what you should do if you think you may have suffered as a result of GP negligence and how to go about making a claim for compensation for GP negligence.

Examples of GP negligence involve patients' complaints not being taken seriously enough, illnesses being incorrectly diagnosed, GPs refusing to carry out blood tests, incorrect doses of medication being prescribed, referrals to specialist consultants not being made in time or at all and follow up appointments/treatments not been carried out quickly enough.

If you can prove that your GP has acted negligently then you may be able to make a successful claim for GP negligence. You should keep detailed records of your appointments with your GP, together with records of any telephone consultations and referral appointments. Your solicitor will arrange to obtain and copy of your medical notes and x-rays.

GP negligence claims can be complex as it can often be difficult to show that the injury or illness you are suffering from has been caused or exacerbated by the negligence of your GP. Your solicitor will arrange for you to be assessed by an independent medical expert who will assess your injuries and/or illness and will advise on whether the symptoms you are experiencing have been caused by the negligent actions (or inactions) of your GP.

If you think you may have grounds to make a GP negligent claims our expect 1stClaims solicitors will be able to advise you. Our solicitors specialise in GP negligence claims and will talk through your potential claim with you in detail and assess your chances of pursuing a successful claim. Call 1stClaims today on 0800 2888 693 for a free, no obligation consultation with one of our expert solicitors.

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