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How To Sue A Doctor's Surgery
Unless a medical issue is extremely serious, your first port of a call for a diagnosis of your symptoms will be your doctors surgery. Doctor's surgeries have a legal duty to provide an acceptable level of care to their patients. This will take into consideration issues such as waiting times, diagnoses and administration. If the surgery fails to reach the standards reasonably expected of the medical profession, and this directly harms their patients, the doctor's surgery will have been negligent.
Suing a Doctors Surgery for Negligence
It is possible to sue a doctor's surgery for medical negligence compensation on behalf of yourself or on behalf of a loved one. So how do I sue a doctor's surgery for medical negligence?
1. Is My Claim Viable? There are a few common errors which may result in a medical negligence compensation claim being made against a doctor's surgery.
- Diagnosis errors: a failure to diagnose or a wrongful diagnosis can result in an individual being not being treated for a serious medical issue such as cancer, leading to a substantial worsening of their condition. It may also lead to a patient going through treatment for a disease they are not suffering from, which may be both psychologically and physically stressful.
- Administrative errors: there are various ways in which administrative errors can affect the patients of a doctor's surgery. For example, individuals being given incorrect test results or experiencing the loss of their test results could lead to a failure to provide appropriate treatment to the patient.
- Prescribing errors: prescribing errors can be extremely dangerous and in the very worst cases they can be lethal. Prescribing errors may be the result of an administrative error, a doctor's error, a nurse's error, a pharmacist's error or all of the above.
- Unacceptable waiting times: if you or a loved one has been left waiting to see a doctor when suffering from a serious illness, this may have caused the illness to become worse than it otherwise would have been. This may be grounds to claim for medical negligence.
- Failure to refer: if you need treatment from a specialist, your doctor should refer you to the correct individual. If they do not refer you for treatment this may lead to a worsening of the disease.
Negligence may occur in an NHS-run or in a privately-run doctor's surgery. Whatever your situation, 1st Claims are here to give you legal advice regarding suing your doctor's surgery. One of our team will be able to quickly assess your situation and let you know if you have grounds to make a compensation claim.
2. 3 Year Deadline - you must enter into the medical negligence claims process within 3 years of date of the medical negligence. If you were not aware of the negligence, this 3 year deadline will run from the date you had the knowledge that you could sue. For children, the 3 year limitation period runs from the date of their eighteenth birthday. You must make a claim for compensation within this timescale or you will not be able to sue your doctors' surgery.
3. Keep a Record - ensure that you keep as accurate a record of your physical and psychological injuries as possible. If you have incurred any financial losses as a direct result of your doctor's surgery's negligence, keep a record of these too. All this information will serve to substantiate your compensation claim in court.
How to Sue a Doctor's Surgery for Negligence with 1st Claims
1st Claims will support you through your medical negligence claim from beginning to end. We completely understand that you may be confused about your legal rights and unsure whether you have grounds to sue your doctor's surgery. This is why we offer everyone a free initial consultation with one of our specialist medical negligence team. Simply give us a call for free on 0800 2888 693 (from a mobile click to call: 01275 774 557) or fill in a doctor's surgery negligence enquiry form here.
What Happens Next?
Complete a Quick Claim Enquiry and this is what you will benefit from:
- Advice on whether you can make a claim and how the claims process works from a specialist claims solicitor;
- Compensation - what can you claim for and how much are you likely to receive;
- Costs - your options for funding your claim; and
- An explanation of what will happen next if you decide to carry on and make a claim (how your solicitor will take care of everything for you).
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