Treatment by GPs
When we experience worrying symptoms, for most of us our first port of call is our GP surgery. We expect the GP to give us an accurate diagnosis and, if necessary, offer treatment to cure or manage the condition. A GP is a highly trained medical professional. As generalists, one of the key parts of their role is to make sure that their patients are properly examined, the right diagnostic tests ordered, results followed up in a timely manner and the correct treatment or medication given and monitored. They should also make sure they refer to a specialist where appropriate.
When could a GP be negligent?
The majority of GP negligence claims involve cases where a GP has wrongly diagnosed a patient or where there have been delays in referral or treatment. Commonly, these involve misdiagnosis of cancer, heart problems, brain haemorrhage and diseases such as meningitis. For some people, this can mean that their symptoms get worse before they are finally diagnosed, causing additional suffering and, sometimes, additional or more invasive treatment. For some, a delay in getting an accurate diagnosis can seriously affect their prognosis and even have an impact on their life choices.
Situations that can lead to a successful claim for GP negligence
- Failure to adequately examine the patient
- Failure to investigate symptoms
- Failure to refer patients for further investigations - especially regarding cancer
- Incorrect prescriptions, inappropriate prescribing or failure to review medications
- Poor record keeping
- Failure to act on test results
No Win No Fee
- Pay nothing upfront
- Pay nothing as the claim progresses
- Pay nothing if you lose
What is medical negligence?
Medical negligence means that harm has been caused through medical treatment because the care you received was not up to the accepted standard. Medical negligence (sometimes called clinical negligence) can happen in a number of situations which include: when there are problems during labour, leading to a birth injury to the baby or injury to the mother when…
How long will my claim take?
It can take 12-18 months to investigate a medical negligence claim. Most cases are then settled but, if a claim goes all the way to Trial, it can take a number of years to reach its conclusion.
Can I get Legal Aid?
If the claim relates to a brain injury suffered by a child at, or around the time of, birth, it may be possible to arrange for it to be funded through the Legal Aid Scheme. In that event the Legal Aid Agency will be responsible for all of our fees and expenses and both you…
How much will it cost me to make a claim if I’m not eligible for Legal Aid?
If we take on your medical negligence claim and you are not eligible for Legal Aid, we will offer you a Conditional Fee Agreement which is known as a ‘No Win No Fee’ Agreement. This means that you will not need to pay anything upfront, there are no hidden costs and you pay nothing if…
What can making a medical negligence claim achieve?
Court proceedings are extremely costly, stressful and time consuming. Therefore, it is important to understand what we can and cannot achieve. We are lawyers and our role in helping you to bring a claim for medical negligence is to try to obtain financial compensation for the injury that has been have suffered. Whilst we try…
Mrs Rutherford’s GP prescribed mild sedatives for back pain, to be administered through regular injections by her husband. Mrs Rutherford’s GP did not provide sufficient guidance as to how the injections should be given, nor did he observe or check the technique used. Mr Rutherford simply collected needles and syringes from the surgery as required…Read more