Instant, no obligation advice from our friendly solicitors
We appreciate the effort most GPs put in to ensure they provide a high standard of care to their patients. In most cases, patients leave their GPs feeling better. But when the standard of care they provide falls below the acceptable standard and this affects your health, you may be entitled to a claim for GP medical negligence.
This allows the abnormal cell growth to progress to a more severe stage, regardless of the type of cancer involved. GPs are often the first medical professionals a patient will contact when they go to the NHS and they usually provide the initial diagnosis of the condition. If a GP fails to provide the right diagnosis or delays treatment when cancer is suspected, this can directly affect a patient’s chances of survival.
Stroke misdiagnosis can expose a patient to increased risk of a similar or even more severe stroke affecting the patient in future.
Care Home Misdiagnosis
A GP may be responsible for assessing the health of care home residents. If they fail to identify warning signs of pressure sores or misdiagnose conditions such as malnutrition or injuries from falls, these issues could get worse. Misdiagnosis of any of these inflictions can be particularly critical to the health of elderly, vulnerable patients. If a GP fails to provide an acceptable standard of care in a care home facility, you may be able to pursue GP negligence claims compensation.
Birth Injury Misdiagnosis
If a GP fails to recognise warning signs of conditions such as cerebral palsy or other birth related injuries in children, this can lead to delays in vital support like physiotherapy and occupational therapy. Ultimately, the child may suffer permanent damage.
Misdiagnosis of Osteopathic Injuries
Misdiagnosis of injuries like broken bones, fractures and injuries to the neck, back, shoulder and leg as mere aches or bruising can make these conditions get worse. Its impact could have been avoided if the GP ensured prompt diagnosis and/or treatment.
You are expected to show that your GP acted in a way that falls below the acceptable standard of care. A reasonable body of medical opinion will determine whether your GP has acted negligently using a test known as the Bolam principle
You are also expected to show a direct link between the injury you suffered and failure on the part of your GP to uphold their duty of care towards you. Causation helps to determine whether you would have suffered the same injury even if your GP provided the right standard of care.
When you get in touch with us, we will offer a free, no obligation consultation with one of our GP negligence lawyers who will discuss circumstances surrounding your case and offer expert advice on whether you have a good chance of making a successful claim.
If our solicitors agree to start a claim, they will issue court proceedings on your behalf and send a letter of claim to the alleged negligent party, detailing your concerns and what you hope to achieve with the claim. In most cases, the GP negligence is obvious and the defendant accepts liability, which means the case can be settled out of court. Where they deny liability or fail to offer a fair compensation amount, the case would likely go to the courts.
In some cases, the medical expert we appoint may not be able to provide a final prognosis and may advise that you receive further medical care first. Our GP negligence solicitors will likely advise that you wait until you have received treatment before reaching an agreement for a compensation amount. This is because NHS related claims are settled on a “full and final” basis, so you cannot make claims for more money if your injury becomes worse than initially expected.
Usually, you will be able to make claims for general damages and special damages. General damages compensate for the direct impact of the negligent treatment you endured. On the other hand, special damages compensate for the out of pocket expenses incurred as a result of the injury; this includes medical expenses, travel costs and loss of earnings.
We advise that you seek expert legal support with an experienced GP negligence lawyer at the earliest opportunity, even if you are still recovering from the injury.
You won’t have to pay any upfront solicitor fees; if you lose, you will not pay us a penny. If your claim is successful, a success fee will be deducted from your final compensation award. You can rest assured we will hold you by the hand through this process to help you make an informed decision.
Do not hesitate to give us a call today on 0800 644 4240 or fill our online claim assessment form and one of our specialist solicitors will call you at your earliest convenience.