GP Negligence Compensation Claims
When faced with a medical problem, most people in this country go to see their GP first. The vast majority of GPs carry out appointments and treatments with the appropriate level of skill and attention, but sometimes things do not go as well as they should.
GP surgeries should not be judged by the same standards as hospitals. GPs are not specialists, but they do have a duty of care to patients. In the context of claims for medical negligence compensation, there are two categories of GP negligence:
1. GP negligence on the grounds of failure to act
There are many ways a GP can be considered negligent by failing to act, including:
- failing to carry out a proper examination
- failing to diagnose
- failing to keep proper records
- failing to make a home visit
- failing to prescribe medication
- failing to recommend appropriate medical treatment
- failing to refer to another doctor or hospital
- failing to tell a patient they have a medical condition
2. GP negligence for acting in such a way as to cause the patient harm
A GP can also be deemed negligent by doing things that harm the patient, such as:
- administering treatment that causes harm
- prescribing inappropriate medication
- wrongful diagnosis
How Tollers can help with a GP negligence claim
Our team of specialist medical negligence lawyers are here to support you in making a claim against a GP if you believe they have acted negligently. Our initial consultation is free, and you can do this at our offices or, if you prefer, at your home. We will listen to your story and make sure we understand what you want to achieve with your claim. We then advise you on your chances of success. If we believe you have a reasonable chance of success, we can then discuss funding options for your claim, including ‘No Win No Fee’ arrangements.
Making a complaint against a GP
As well as considering a claim for compensation, you may wish to register a complaint about a GP. If so, the first step is to submit a complaint to the Practice Manager. If you are not satisfied with their response you can refer the matter to the General Medical Council. Tollers provide expert advice and guidance on the steps you can take to have your complaint dealt with.
To talk to Tollers about GP negligence, get in touch.