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GP negligence claims
For most of us with a medical problem, our first port of call is our GP. We have a referral system in the UK whereby we visit our GP first, who makes an assessment and then will refer us on to the specialist needed to further assess the problem, or provide a diagnosis there and then, and recommend treatment or prescribe medication.
It is therefore vital that your GP takes the time to listen to you, considers everything they are being told, and then makes the right assessment as to what should happen next. If this doesn’t happen, the impact can be devastating. Failing to see the right specialist can prolong your illness. Not being referred for scans or x-rays when one should have been authorised can mean conditions go undetected and untreated. Misdiagnosis can delay treatment, sometimes until it is too late. Your GP is the gateway into the NHS, and to the treatment you need, so them getting it right is vital.
How can we help?
Errors made by your GP can be devastating. At Patient Claim Line, one of the biggest complaints we see is GPs not listening to you, and therefore not getting it right. GPs dismissing symptoms as ‘nothing’ when they should have referred you on for further treatment or investigation. Sometimes this means a delay in diagnosis, causing weeks or months of pain that could have been avoided if they had got it right the first time. Other times, such as misdiagnosis of cancer, those delays in treatment can literally be a matter of life and death.
At Patient Claim Line, our team of medical negligence solicitors understand the stress, frustration, and even anger that a negligent GP can cause you. We will listen to you and we will be able to advise you very quickly if we think your GP has been negligent. We take on many cases involving GPs, and will obtain all your GP and hospital records to be able to assess what has gone wrong and ensure you are fully compensated for any unnecessary pain and suffering. If you were or are unable to work, we will ensure those costs are included in your compensation claim as well.
What are some common claims I might make against my GP?
When it comes to making a claim against your GP there are a number of areas where you could consider making a claim and these include:
- Failure to diagnose a serious illness
- Failure to refer to a specialist for treatment
- Issuing an incorrect prescription
- Failure to record patient information correctly
- Failure to complete a proper patient examination
Am I eligible to make a claim?
GPs have a tough job to do, but that does not mean that they don’t have to get their job right. If you have been misdiagnosed, or feel you should have received treatment sooner then you did, then you could be entitled to make a claim.
Patient Claim Line is here to advise you on this.
The best thing to do is get in touch with us and we will be able to advise you very quickly whether or not there is a claim. It costs you nothing to find out if you have a case, and all our claims are dealt with by specialist Medical Lawyers, on a strictly no win no fee basis