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GPs must have wide medical knowledge but are also expected to use their judgment and experience to decide when to refer patients for more in-depth, specialist help. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published guidelines to help GPs provide treatment and make referrals.
A GP not following these guidelines may be considered an act of GP negligence. Examples of cases we have dealt with against GPs include failure to diagnose meningitis in infants, misdiagnosing heart problems or a failure to diagnose and delay referring a patient for cancer investigations. Prescribing the wrong medication or incorrect dose are also common grounds for making a claim.
If your health has been compromised by a serious error by your general practitioner you are fully justified in bringing a complaint or a claim. Get in touch with Access Legal's expert solicitors today to help make your GP negligence claim.
How do I make a GP treatment claim
Most GPs are not employed directly by the NHS nor are they responsible for out-of-hours services. Claims are usually made against individual doctors, who tend to have professional indemnity insurance to cover such a possibility.
There is usually a three-year time limit to making a claim, but be aware that these can be complex, lengthy and demanding cases. The first thing to do is to contact an expert law firm like Access Legal which specialises in this sort of work.
Your chosen law firm should have relationships with the appropriate medical and other experts who can be instructed to assess your immediate health needs and suggest what treatments you may urgently require.
Every GP surgery is required to have a procedure to deal with complaints and the courts actively encourage the use of alternative dispute resolution when making a claim.
If a doctor makes serious and repeated mistakes, such as prescribing drugs in a dangerous way, you may complain to the surgery and also raise your concerns with the General Medical Council (GMC), the professional body responsible for ensuring all doctors in the UK are fit to practice.
If you feel you may have a claim, call us for a free initial consultation. Access Legal's priority will always be your health and well-being. We can give you the benefit of our experience in such cases.
If I have a GP treatment case
Establishing if you have a GP treatment case involves the same process as any medical negligence claim. Firstly Access Legal’s expert lawyers need to show that there was a breach of the duty owed to you by the GP.
Secondly we will need to prove that on balance (i.e. greater than 50% likelihood) it was those avoidable errors that were directly responsible for the harm you suffered.
If you have been misdiagnosed, or feel you should have received treatment sooner then you did, then you could be entitled to make a claim.
There are time limits within which you can claim so whatever your circumstances you should contact Access Legal as soon as is practicable. We can then give you free initial advice about whether a claim is possible and how it could succeed.
More about GP treatment claims
Many people remain reluctant to take legal action against a negligent GP because they fear it will sour the relationship and affect their future care. Your GP can not refuse to treat you simply because you have brought a claim against them, although you may feel more comfortable seeing a different doctor in the same surgery or changing your GP practice.
Making a claim against your GP is distressing, but if you think you may have been harmed as a result of inadequate or negligent care from your GP, you are entitled to seek an explanation and legal redress.
Negligence by GP reduced life expectancy of patient with metastatic lung cancer
James Hope’s wife, Carol Ann, saw her GP about back pain and general aches. Blood tests showed that something more serious was going on. Two further blood tests showed the same abnormal results, but her GP did not arrange any further investigations.
Over a year later Carol was referred to a specialist who diagnosed here with widespread metastic small-lung cancer. Sadly Carol died.Find out how Access Legal supported Carol's husband in his GP negligence claim here.
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