GP Misdiagnosis Claims
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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. If they cannot do that, then we expect a prompt referral. A GP is a highly trained medical professional. As generalists, one of the key parts of their role is to ensure that their patients are properly examined, the right diagnostic tests ordered, results followed up in a timely manner and the correct treatment or medication is given and monitored.
When might a GP be considered 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 misdiagnoses of cancer, heart problems, brain haemorrhage and diseases such as meningitis. For some people, this can lead to their symptoms getting worse before they are finally diagnosed, causing additional suffering and, sometimes, extensive or more invasive treatment. For some, a delay in receiving an accurate diagnosis can seriously affect their prognosis and impact their future 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 relating to cancer
- Incorrect prescriptions, inappropriate prescribing or failure to review medications
- Poor record-keeping
- Failure to act on test results
We have been trusted with handling GP negligence claims since 1993. If you need our solicitors to represent you, we’re only a phone call away.