In an effort to cut down on the number of GP negligence claims being made, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has put guidelines in place to assist GPs who offer treatment and provide referrals to other specialists. Time has shown that GPs who fail to adhere to the guidelines can be subject to GP negligence claims for things such as:
• Failure to diagnose meningitis
• Failure to diagnose a brain haemorrhage
• Failure to give patients referrals for cancer investigations
• Failure to make referrals to other specialists
• Recommending incorrect medication and prescriptions
• Failure to correctly identify unstable angina which can lead to cardiac arrest
Most GP practices these days have lots of doctors covering the available appointments. It can be difficult to even get an appointment to see a doctor and it is unlikely that you get to see the same doctor enough for them to know you and your history.
With time pressures to get through appointments, house calls to make after surgery, patients to speak to on the telephone and paperwork to complete, it is not surprising to learn that GP negligence claims are on the rise.
GP negligence can have serious implications on your health and wellbeing and we do understand how upset, angry and let down you must feel. We can help you come to terms with what has happened by giving you advice about the possibility of making a GP negligence claim.
What are GP negligence claims?
GP Negligence claims are made when a GP fails to make sure you are not hurt or injured. There is a strict legal definition of GP negligence, but the layman definition makes it easy to understand the duty of care that your GP has towards you.
What are the common types of GP negligence claims?
There are many ways in which a GP could be negligent, but the most common ones are:
- Late or wrong diagnosis
- Failure to refer you to a specialist
- Errors in medication given to you
All of these things can mean that treatments are no longer available that would have been if earlier diagnosis or referral had happened and you can feel let down, unheard and very angry too.
How Can Carter & Carter Help You With GP Negligence Claims?
If you are considering making a GP negligence claim we have many years’ experience within the medical negligence and personal injury field.
We are a specialist niche firm and we always put the interests of you, our client, first. We can offer you that personal service that you will not get from a larger firm and we’ll take the time to understand you and your situation in detail before making your GP negligence claim.
How Much Will I Pay To Make a GP Negligence Claim?
You can come and talk to us about your possible claim free of charge. This will help you to decide if you would like to proceed and make a GP negligence claim. You are under no obligation to move forwards and make a GP negligence claim if you decide it is not what you want.
If you do decide that you would like to proceed with making a GP negligence claim, we’ll also talk to you about your options to fund your GP negligence claim. If you lose the GP negligence claim we won’t get paid, but we won’t ask you to pay us either, so you can be sure you won’t be faced with a large legal bill. We guarantee that if you lose your claim you pay ABSOLUTELY NOTHING so you have nothing to lose by making a GP negligence claim.
Contact Us Today about GP negligence claims
You can call us today to discuss your GP negligence claim or we can call you back when it is more convenient to talk. If you would like to talk face to face we’ll be happy to arrange you an appointment to come and see us at our office.
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