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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
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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.
Why Choose Patient Claim Line for your Failure to Treat Claim?
Not just lawyers — medical negligence experts
Patient Claim Line was established in 2014 and consists of a team of medical lawyers specialising in cancer negligence and general medical negligence claims.
At Patient Claim Line we have more than 100 solicitors with a 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 Failure to Treat Claims
Our expert legal team answer your questions about making a Failure to Treat Claim
If you would like to make a GP negligence claim, this should be done within three years. The three-year period will begin either from when you or your loved received negligent care or from when you became aware that negligent treatment occurred. It is important to seek legal advice within the three-year window as you may otherwise miss out on compensation you are be entitled to. If the case involves anyone under 18, the legal case must be pursued within three years from the date of their 18th birthday.
During the negotiation stage of your GP negligence claim, your solicitor will begin to negotiate with the negligent party. The aim is to recover you any out-of-pocket losses, rehabilitation costs & compensation. Compensation secured for our clients in the past has funded home adaptations, mobility support and physiotherapy.
When making a GP negligence claim, evidence will be needed to prove that your GP was negligent during your treatment, or that your current suffering has been caused by negligence. The more evidence that can be collected will help us in presenting a strong case on your behalf, and increase the chance of success. Some common types of evidence which can help to prove GP negligence occurred include:
- Evidence that your GP did not stand by their duty of care
- Evidence that their failure to uphold their duty of care caused you harm
- Evidence that if the GP had not failed in their duty of care, you would not have suffered any harm
Meet our Failure to Treat Team
Partner, Head of Medical Negligence
Alison is Head of Medical Negligence Serious Injury and is based in our Southport office.
She has over 15 years’ experience in personal injury and medical negligence. Alison assists with the overall running of the Department and oversees several of the Medical Negligence teams, dealing with a variety of cases from the first call right the way through to Trial.
She currently oversees 4 teams all dealing with catastrophic injuries caused to clients as a result of medical negligence. Her teams specialise in catastrophic spinal, brain and birth injuries in addition to amputation cases.
Associate, Head of Medical Negligence
As one of the heads of our medical negligence department, Tim supports our overall leadership by managing skilled solicitors across the business. He specialises in claims involving orthopaedic injury & loss of fertility.
Partner, Senior Solicitor
Iain is a senior solicitor and team leader, managing a team of lawyers and handling his own cases. He and his team specialise in catastrophic clinical negligence cases and he has recovered tens of millions of pounds in compensation for clients.
Iain is predominantly instructed in claims exceeding £1million, usually in relation to brain injury, spinal cord injury and amputations. He practices almost exclusively in the High Court and is a solicitor-advocate. Iain has obtained many multi-million-pound settlements, either by way of a lump sum and/or annual payments. He consistently achieves significant settlements on exceptionally complex claims.
Highlights of recently settled cases
JH v Dr D – 2021 – £1,625,000.00 for a 61-year-old female who suffered a spinal stroke during back surgery in 2016 when her blood pressure was allowed to remain too low during the operation. Liability was disputed in full in an extremely complex case and the matter settled 2 weeks before a 5-day liability Trial was due to begin.
SF v Barnsley Hospital – 2021 – £600,000.00 for a 67-year-old female for the hip and sciatic nerve injuries that she sustained following a fall when recovering from a hip replacement procedure in January 2015. She suffered an acetabular fracture, sciatic nerve injury and foot drop.
BXF v Dartford Hospital – 2020 – £1,075,000.00 for a 16-year-old boy, for the Volkmann’s ischaemic contracture he suffered in the left arm and hand after receiving negligent medical treatment 10 years before the initial instructions were received. He suffered pain in the arm, had limited functional use and a wasted appearance of the hand.
RL v County Durham NHS – 2020 – £1,000,000.00 for a 27-year-old female who suffered liver cirrhosis following a delay of two years in the identification of a gene mutation and polycythemia vera disorder. She developed Budd-Chari syndrome, her liver was permanently damaged, and her life expectancy was reduced by approximately 10 years.
DB v WSH NHS – 2019 – £1,000,000.00 for a 49-year-old male, requiring an above knee amputation to the right leg after presenting at hospital with acute limb ischaemia in May 2014. Liability was disputed.
BM v County Durham NHS – 2019 – £1,275,000.00 for a 65-year-old female for negligent knee replacement surgery resulting in an above knee amputation.
RCH v United Lincolnshire NHS – 2019 – £570,000.00 for the estate of a deceased man following his avoidable death from a treatable heart condition.
MS v CB – 2019 – £420,000.00 for a 58-year-old female for the delay in diagnosing and treating a back injury she suffered following an operation in March 2015. She suffered foot drop and ongoing pain.
JXP (a protected party) – 2018 – £9,862,000.00 for a 44-year-old female who suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage following a delay in providing surgical treatment of a brain aneurysm before its rupture.
DXW v BTH NHS – 2018 – £7,250,000.00 for a 20-year-old male rendered paraplegic at T3 level following failures in the A&E department to properly immobilise an unstable thoracic fracture.
RXW v X, Y & Z – 2018 – £2,500,000.00 for a 46-year-old male that suffered a left sided stroke causing significant neurological disability following alleged failure to correctly diagnose and treat a number of TIAs. Liability was denied by 3 Defendants.
M v Essex NHS – 2018 – £342,000.00 for a 44-year-old female for alleged failures to prevent exacerbated cauda equina syndrome. Liability was denied.
Previous Legal 500 testimonials include:
“Pragmatic and knowledgeable… a solid, safe pair of hands… a strong negotiator”.
“Iain and Nina have been wonderful. The whole team from start to finish have given me a first-class service. I have already recommended them to others, and I will continue to do so.”
“I can’t thank you enough for what you have done for me and my family. Your knowledge and skill is remarkable but your care and kindness means so much to me. I can remember my first meeting with Iain seems such a long time ago, but your compassion has never altered. You are all very special people. Please keep in touch, you have become more like family than solicitors.”
- Association of Personal Injury Lawyers – Accredited Senior Litigator
- Member of the Law Society’s specialist Clinical Negligence Panel Accreditation scheme
- Chambers and Partners ranked solicitor, Band 2, Liverpool & surrounds
- Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Rights of Audience civil proceedings)
- Solicitor (Grade A)
Nermeen is a Litigation Executive at Patient Claim Line. Having graduated from Manchester University, Nermeen went on to complete her LPC at BPP.
Nermeen liaises with medical experts to obtain evidence for client cases and supports solicitors with their caseloads. She provides assistance on a vast range of cases, from fractures to high value cancer cases.
Since joining PCL, Nermeen has contributed to our annual Ramadan initiative, sharing her own experiences, from fasting to praying, and the reason why all Muslims across the globe celebrate. You can watch a video of about her day-to-day life during Ramadan here.
"It was an experience that I never thought I’d have to go through"
Gordon first reported a blockage in 2011, but this wasn’t fully investigated. This delay in medical care meant that he needed an amputation of his lower leg, which impacted his mobility and independence.
The team at Patient Claim Line determined that Gordon lost his leg because medical professionals didn’t operate soon enough. Our team fought to ensure Gordon received justice, and they were able to secure him compensation for his suffering.
The financial settlement enabled him to purchase a more suitable prosthetic leg, as he found the NHS prosthesis uncomfortable. Gordon now finds playing his beloved bowls much easier, and his team were recently promoted to a higher league.