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GP Negligence Claims

If you’re feeling unwell or have started to develop symptoms that you suspect may need medical attention, you will likely make an appointment with your GP to start the process of getting a diagnosis.

If your GP fails to properly investigate and diagnose your illness, or refer you to a specialist for further assessments, this can lead to devastating consequences.

If you believe that you have suffered unnecessarily, or that an existing illness has progressed and worsened due to the medical negligence of your GP, you could be eligible to make a claim.

To start your medical negligence claim, call us on 0344 854 7000 or submit an online enquiry and we will call you back to discuss your case.

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What is classed as negligent GP treatment?

The impact of a GP making a mistake or failing to properly investigate and diagnose an illness or injury can lead to physical, emotional and financial consequences for the person involved.

It may be possible to make a compensation claim against your GP, or the Healthcare Trust they work for, if they failed to:

• Properly investigate your symptoms.
• Diagnose your illness or injury.
• Refer you to a specialist for further tests.
• Prescribe the right medication or treatment.
• Consider your medical history.
• Conduct a proper examination.

What standards of care must a GP meet?

The standard of care given by GP’s in the UK is one of the highest in the world. The General Medical Council, commonly referred to as the GMC, sets out the patient care standards that must be adhered to by all GPs when caring for patients.

If a GP fails to meet the standards expected of them by the GMC, they could risk losing their membership and could be struck off the medical register.

GP’s must:

  • Take immediate action if they suspect that their patient’s health is at risk.
  • Always put the patient first and provide excellent care.
  • Treat their patients individually and with dignity.
  • Work in partnership with patients and colleagues.
  • Act with honesty and integrity.

How will a solicitor help me with a claim against my GP?

Our medical negligence solicitors have many years of experience investigating errors made by medical professionals. We will collect evidence from your case and work with an independent medical expert to conclude what went wrong and what should have been done to prevent such negligence.

Below is a brief outline of how the claims process works:

  1. Contact us on 0344 854 7000 or submit an online enquiry and we will arrange a free, no obligation consultation with you to discuss your case.
  2. As we represent clients on a No Win, No Fee basis, True Solicitors will only take on your case if we believe that it has good prospects of success. If we do not consider this to be the case, we will inform you of the reasons why and advise you that we would not be able to represent you.
  3. If you choose to instruct as your GP negligence solicitors, we will outline our terms of service and explain the different options available to you for funding your medical negligence claim.
  4. Your solicitor will then make contact with the Healthcare Trust responsible for your negligent treatment to see if they will accept liability for your illness or injury.
  5. If they accept liability straight away, it may be possible to secure interim payments to cover out of pocket expenses such as private medical care or rehab, before your claim has settled. Interim payments will be deducted from your final settlement amount.
  6. An independent medical expert will be instructed to help to determine what went wrong with the treatment that you received, what care you should have received and what the long term impact may be on your health.
  7. The medical expert may advise that rehabilitation, such as physiotherapy or counselling, may be necessary to help speed up your recovery. Your claims handler will be able to arrange this for you.
  8. If the defendant fails to accept liability or disagrees with the compensation settlement we believe is acceptable, we will start court proceedings. We will, however, do everything we can to negotiate your claim before it has to go to court.
  9. It is not uncommon that even when a trial date has been set for a claim to settle out of court. If your claim does end up in court, we will be there to support you throughout the process.

How much compensation will I receive for my GP negligence claim?

It is not possible to say exactly how much compensation you could receive for a GP negligence claim. Each and every case is different, with compensation based on factors including:

• The severity of your injury or illness.
• The impact the illness or injury has had on your life going forward.
• Your current and future lost earnings.
• Your current and future care needs.
• Any vehicle or home adaptations that you may need as a consequence of the negligent treatment.
• Rehabilitation costs such as private physiotherapy or counselling.

Can I get rehabilitation?

As part of the compensation claims process, we will arrange for you to attend an independent medical assessment. This is to ascertain the extent of your injuries or illness and to work out what exactly went wrong. The medical expert will also advise if any rehabilitation treatment is necessary to help ease your pain and get you back to your usual way of life.

The cost of any rehab treatment will also be taken into consideration when quantifying your claim.

Can I make a No Win, No Fee claim?

True solicitors will handle your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis. This means that you will only pay legal fees if your claim is successful, which would be capped at no more than 25% of the compensation obtained.

True solicitors will handle your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis. This means that you will only pay legal fees if your claim is successful, which would be capped at no more than 25% of the compensation obtained.

Is there a limitation period to making a claim?

GP negligence claims must be made within 3 years from the date of receiving or becoming aware that you received negligent treatment.

We recommend that you seek legal advice as soon as possible, whilst the information and circumstances around the medical misdiagnosis are fresh to mind.

You are able to make a claim on a child’s behalf at any time after the misdiagnosis, before the child reaches the age of 18. After the child has turned 18, they have until they are 21 to make a claim themselves.

If you would like to pursue a claim on behalf of a loved one who has sadly passed away, for example where a misdiagnosis has contributed towards their death, if you are their Personal Representative you can make a claim within three years of the date of their death.

How do I make a GP negligence claim?

If you believe you have suffered an illness or injury that was caused or made worse by negligent medical treatment, administered within the last three years, you could be entitled to make a claim.

Starting a claim is easy. Call our team of GP negligence solicitors today on 0344 854 7000 or fill in the enquiry form below and we will call you back to discuss your case.

Read our how to make a medical negligence claim guide for further information.

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Please Note: Estimate amounts are guidelines only. Your injury and recovery are as individual as you are. The amounts are guideline amounts only and any settlement will be based upon the evidence of medical practitioners.
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