GP Negligence Claims

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GP negligence claims

If you have suffered from GP negligence, you may be able to make a claim. GP negligence can occur in many different situations, for example providing the wrong prescriptions for treatment, delays in making a specialist referral or providing the incorrect treatment. GP negligence can have damaging effects on patients and if a patient has suffered, they may be able to make a claim.

For most of us with a medical problem, our first port of call is our general practitioner (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. 


Making a GP Negligence Claim

Errors made by your GP can be devastating. At times, our clients often feel that their Gp could have done more to support them. For example, when GPs dismiss symptoms as ‘nothing’ when they could have referred you on for further treatment or assessment. 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.

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What is GP Negligence? 

General Practitioners are held to the same standards as other medical professionals and owe their patients appropriate and adequate levels of care. If a GP fails to carry out their duty of care correctly or if the care that you receive is substandard, this can have huge consequences and the impact can be devastating. In these unfortunate instances, this could be considered negligent care from a GP. 

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. 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 it is important that they get it right.




When it comes to making a claim against your GP there are a number of common areas where you could consider making a claim. We can help you to make a GP negligence claim. Some common examples of GP negligence include: 


  • Failure to diagnose a serious illness
  • Issuing an incorrect prescription
  • Failure to record patient information correctly
  • Failure to complete a proper patient examination




If you have experienced negligent healthcare from your GP, it is possible that you could claim compensation for suffering that you have faced. 


GPs have a tough job to do, but mistakes are made. If you have been misdiagnosed, or feel you should have received treatment sooner than 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.



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.




If you feel that you have been misdiagnosed or that you have been given the wrong treatment, then you could be entitled to make a claim. The simplest way of determining if you have a claim is to hire a legal professional to handle the process for you. At Patient Claim Line, we will listen to you and examine the evidence to identify if there is a claim. The amount of compensation you could receive will depend on the severity and complexity of the harm you have suffered and any financial losses or expenses.

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Why Choose Patient Claim Line for your GP Negligence Claim?


Not just lawyers — medical negligence experts

Patient Claim Line was established in 2014 and consists of a team of medical lawyers specialising in medical negligence and misdiagnosis claims.

At Patient Claim Line we have more than 100 solicitors with combined experience of over 400 years and they will work on your behalf to achieve the best result possible for you.

It’s not enough to use a solicitor who sometimes covers medical negligence. You need someone who knows this area through and through. That is what the solicitors here at Patient Claim Line do. They deal exclusively in this area of law and are experts in the field.

Frequently asked questions about GP Negligence Claims

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Meet our medical negligence team

Peter Rigby

Peter Rigby
Director of Medical Negligence

Peter leads the Medical Negligence Serious Injury department, which now boasts some of our most knowledgeable, dedicated and hardworking team members.

Peter is dedicated to supporting victims of catastrophic medical negligence injuries and endeavours to provide a clear and coherent approach to claims. He recognises the effects serious injuries can have and therefore ensures his customers’ need for support is met. Peter also has a vast amount of experience working with customers who have been injured abroad and is able to act under international law to provide the best outcomes.

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Christian Beadell

Christian Beadell
Partner, Head of Strategy and Legal Operations

Christian is Head of Medical Negligence at Patient Claim Line and has specialised in clinical negligence claims since qualifying in 1998; having dealt with a wide variety of claims throughout his career. He is also featured in the Legal 500 as a recommended claimant solicitor in the North West.

Christian qualified as a solicitor in 1998, specialising in clinical negligence. From 2010 onward he has had a particular interest in gynaecological and urogynaecological claims, having represented several hundred claimants in the George Rowland Litigation against the Liverpool Women’s and Aintree Hospitals. This investigated the treatment given to women in the Merseyside area over several decades, and in particular focused on the introduction and development of mesh into the UK in both the treatment of stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. The development of this area involved pursuing claims under a unique ADR protocol with the NHS and also looking to develop the current thinking on the valuation of compensation for complex urinary symptoms. He has successfully recovered hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation on behalf of my clients.

Christian was also involved in setting up and chairing a Claimant Support Group for those involved in the Rowland litigation, which provided a discussion forum for the many women who were left isolated and damaged by negligent gynaecological treatment. He now co-ordinates the firm’s mesh claims and has delivered training and commented extensively on the medico-legal implications of urogynaecological / mesh complications. He is a member of APIL, Liverpool Law Society and Legal 500 recommended.

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Francesca Paul

Francesca Paul
Associate Solicitor

Francesca Paul is an Associate, Senior Solicitor and Team Leader within the Clinical Negligence Department.  She is one of the driving Solicitors in the Group Litigation Team dealing with this niche and specialist area of work that Fletchers undertakes.   

Francesca previously worked in Nottingham, dealing with Group Action work.  She now works at Fletchers, bringing with her those years of experience heading up a team of 10 people.  Francesca is involved in the early identification of potential new Group Litigation Work and analyses information from the collective pool of new enquiries into the business, of which there are hundreds per week looking for hot spots or recurrent issues which might suggest a potential pool of Claimants.   

One of the highlights for Francesca and her team is that they have successfully recovered over a million pounds in compensation for clients who have received treatment from a single orthopaedic surgeon who was operating in the Colchester area.  Her role requires a specific set of skills, patience and a forensic approach to detail whilst being able to see the wider picture.   

Francesca has previously acted for a claimant in a case that reached the Supreme Court in the case of NA v Nottinghamshire County Council. 

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Sion Wynne

Sion Wynne
Senior Solicitor

Sion is a team leader and senior solicitor with many years’ experience in dealing with a wide range of medical specialisms and different types of injuries. He is an experienced medical negligence solicitor and manages a team of lawyers within our department.

Sion joined Fletchers in 2018 as a Team Leader in the Medical Negligence Department. Throughout his 24 year legal career, he has specialised in conducting medical negligence claims on behalf of Claimants, previously working for other highly ranked leading firms in the field.

He has undertaken claims covering the full spectrum of medical specialisms, clinical settings, categories of defendant and types of negligent medical care and treatment.
These include high value and complex maximum severity cases, such as those involving limb amputations and permanent neurological injuries.

Sion is experienced at representing bereaved families at inquests and has a particular interest in fatal accident claims.


Notable Cases

JI v Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Trust: £1.25m recovered for client left paraplegic after spinal anaesthesia.

RS v Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: £150,000 recovered for client in respect of a failure to recognise complications after a kidney transplant, where her father was the donor.

JN v MA: £100,000 recovered for a client who suffered 2 years persistent pain and disability after knee replacement surgery undertaken as a private patient.

CS v Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust: £400,000 recovered for a child who sustained Erb’s palsy during her delivery.

WO’C (Deceased) v Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; £450,000 recovered for the family of the deceased who died as a result of a delay in diagnosing a brain tumour.


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Case Study

Sarah's Story

"Now we have peace of mind"

My husband, Nick, went back and forth to the doctors for a long time and tried everything the doctor recommended. But his illness got worse, to the point that he was in agony.

In the end we got so desperate that we asked for a referral. The doctor was reluctant, so we had to consult a private hospital. That’s when we found out there was a tumour. It took years from the onset of his illness to finally start cancer treatment.

He used to be a man with a lot to live for, but in the end he was in so much pain that he withdrew from the family. He became angry that nobody had helped him sooner, and the legal team were able to give him the validation that he was desperately seeking. The NHS confirmed if they had done more, Nick would still be alive today.

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