Our medical negligence solicitors can offer free consultations for people who are victims of GP negligence. They are able to offer immediate advice to anyone in the UK looking for compensation from a GP or doctor for negligent care.
It was reported back in 2011 the alarming rise in GP negligence, with cases up by 20% in a year*. GPs are the first line of defence for the NHS, although not specialists in a particular medical field, they are required to have a broad medical knowledge and know when to refer a patient to a specialist doctor when they present with certain symptoms.
On the whole this process works well, however, sometimes GPs do not give appropriate levels of treatment or care, or do not refer patients to specialists and in these cases it can be devastating to your life or that of your loved one and you may have a claim for GP negligence.
No win no fee
The majority of our GP negligence claims are taken on a no win no fee basis (Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), this means there is no financial risk to you. There are several other options for funding your claim; we will discuss these with you as part of your consultation. We have produced a guide to give you a broad understanding of the claims process - please read our guide for further details.
- Maria D – was a late diagnosis of DVT. She attended the GP 6 times before she was referred for possible DVT with ongoing symptoms of swollen leg, tenderness in the calf, breathing difficulties. Finally blood test were taken and it was only on receiving the results of these that the patient was referred to hospital where she was diagnosed with DVT and pulmonary embolism.
- Molly U – was a misreading of a ECG. Her husband complained of chest pain and the GP requested an ECG the same day. The GP failed to read the abnormal ECG and didn’t refer the patient to hospital for investigation. The patient subsequently suffered a cardiac arrest and died.
- Amanda W – attended on 4 occasions complaining of persistent mouth ulcers and sore throat. When she was eventually referred to hospital she was diagnosed with mouth cancer requiring operation to remove part of her tongue.
- Brendan W - the patient was diagnosed with Polycythaemia Vera and referred to a Haematologist who recommended a JAK 2 test and abdominal ultrasound and said that he would be happy to see him for regular venesection. Whilst the tests were carried out there was no further action taken and despite returning to the GP with further symptoms, he was not referred back to the Haematologist. He subsequently died from cardiogenic shock and acute myocardial infarction.
- Peter L- attended GP with sudden onset of severe headache and pain behind the eyes. The GP failed to refer and he subsequently collapsed and was diagnosed with ruptured aneurysm resulting in subarachnoid haemorrhage.
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GP negligence claims
Your GP has a duty of care to you. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence have put together a series of guidelines for GPs detailing when they should refer their patients to a specialist, this is to ensure you get the best level of care and expertise. Failure to follow those guidelines could result in a claim for GP negligence, including:
- Failure to refer patients for cancer investigations
- Failure to examine a patient adequately
- Prescribing the wrong medication or wrong doses of medication
- Failing to diagnose unstable angina which can lead to cardiac arrest and death
- Not acting on the results of medical tests and evaluations
Immediate legal advice
We can offer legal advice on GP negligence anywhere in the UK. We have centrally located offices in the heart of Warwickshire. We also provide home visits for those who are unable to visit our offices. We understand that any medical problem can be a difficult time for you and your family; we deal with your claim with sensitivity, compassion and care.
We have a strong track record of medical negligence claims in Coventry, Birmingham, Leamington Spa, Solihull and Warwick.
When medical diagnosis goes wrong, the impact on people’s lives can be dramatic and devastating. Whether it be via the NHS, GP surgery or private hospital, if the mistake was due to lack of judgement or incompetence by a doctor or GP then you will need the expertise of a medical negligence solicitor to see if you have a claim. GP negligence claims can be complex but our team of GP negligence solicitors have the knowledge and experience to guide you through the process.