Failure to treat a medical condition

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Failure to treat a medical condition

It is your GP’s responsibility to be identify dangerous or life threatening conditions quickly, and therefore take the relevant actions to facilitate your recovery. Failure to treat a medical condition could result in long-term complications or injuries that are more serious to your overall health. And when this happens due to negligent action from your GP, you are entitled to pursue a compensation claim.

It is common knowledge that when you have a minor ailment, it would usually be your GP who you visit initially. A visit to the GP is the first opportunity for a doctor to spot the early signs of a serious condition and to plan suitable treatment accordingly. The earlier the diagnosis, generally the better your chances of a timely recovery. General Practitioners should be able to easily offer a diagnosis and relevant treatment for the issue.

If you feel that your GP has been negligent towards you then you may be able to make a claim against them.

You may be able to claim if:

  • GP has failed to diagnose a more serious problem
  • The diagnosis they have provided is incorrect
  • Prescribing incorrect medication as a result of a misdiagnosis
  • Failure to treat an illness within their remit

What to do when there has been a failure to treat

When a medical condition has been spotted too late, or has not been spotted at all, this could have serious consequences on your health. A failure to diagnose your condition, or if the medical condition has been misdiagnosed, means that your condition could become progressively worse and your symptoms much more difficult to manage.

A GP has a duty of care to identify serious conditions early on, so that the right course of treatment can be planned and actioned. Failure to do so puts you at greater risk of long-term complications and your chance of recovery is impacted. If this failure to treat is a result of negligence, you could be entitled to compensation. We have many years of experience working with clients who have suffered a failure to treat as a result of negligent action, and we are able to successfully bring about justice in these cases.

Here at Patient Claim Line our medical negligence solicitors understand that going through this experience can be particularly challenging for you – that is why we are committed to providing help every step of the way and our team will always be on hand to obtain the outcome you deserve.

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