What does GP negligence mean?
Usually when we feel ill or not quite ourselves it is our GP we will visit first, a majority of the time they can help ease our worries, prescribe us the treatment or medication we need or get us referred to a specialist. However, doctors are human and sometimes mistakes can happen or your GP may act in a way which is below the expected standard level of a professional of that type.
When you have visited your GP for treatment or advice and received substandard care or errors have been made then this will be classed as GP negligence and can include:
- Treatments or prescriptions that have been given incorrectly
- Failure to diagnose a condition or prolonging an illness
- Accidents that have been caused by your GP
The examples above are just a few and there are other types of GP negligence that can occur, if your experience isn’t listed then it doesn’t mean we cannot help, contact our team today. If your experience has left you with long-term health conditions, further injury or prolonged pain and suffering then call us on 08000 250 250 to discuss how we can help you.
My GP has been negligent, but what can I claim for?
If you have been injured as a result of GP negligence then it can leave you with a sense of betrayal as you trusted them to act in your best interest. A duty of care is owed to you by your GP and if they have acted, or failed to act, in a competent way, then the consequences can be severe and result in long-term, life-changing effects.
The types of injuries that can be caused vary from minor to severe including:
- Failure to make a referral to a specialist
- Incorrectly prescribed medication
- Delayed or incorrect diagnosis
- Needle-related injuries
If your experience isn’t listed above don’t worry it is likely we can still help you, just contact our team today on 08000 250 250 or fill out our online form and we can call you to discuss your circumstances, we can tell you in minutes if you have a claim.
Will my GP have to pay my compensation?
We understand that you may be worried about making a personal compensation claim against your GP. You may feel concerned about the effect it will have on their career or the NHS but don’t worry, your GP surgery will have had to have taken out an insurance policy to protect them if things ever do go wrong, meaning they won’t have to pay your compensation themselves and your GP will not be left out of pocket.
As well as your claim getting you the compensation you deserve, it can also help by calling attention to any unsafe or unsuitable practices or treatments, preventing others from sustaining an injury in the same or a similar way.
How much compensation will I get?
Compensation has no set figures as no claim is the same, therefore, we are unable to tell you at this stage what you could be eligible to. Compensation is calculated on not just your injury and it’s severity but your financial losses as well.
Therefore, when considering your compensation claim your solicitor will look to include:
- Loss of income and time taken off work
- Future loss of income and other impacts the negligence may have had on your working ability
- Any extra daily expenses caused due to the negligence
- Medical care costs such as treatment, travel and accommodation
- Any adaptations you may have had to your car or home
- Care received, even if it was from a family member
- Psychological trauma
- Impacts on your social life, interests and hobbies
Only after your solicitor has started negotiations with the fault party’s insurance or solicitors will you be able to get an accurate estimate of the amount of compensation you will receive, however, if you would like to gain more of a rough idea now then try our claims compensation calculator.
How do I know if I can claim?
Our legally trained advisors can tell you in minutes if you have a claim, contact us on a confidential basis for the quickest and easiest way to find out if you can claim compensation for the negligence you have suffered.
It is generally advised, if the below is applicable to your experiences then you are likely to have a compensation claim due to the GP negligence suffered:
- The injury suffered occurred in the last 3 years
- Your GP or someone working in the surgery was at fault for causing the injury
- You have been left out of pocket due to your injury
For us to be able to understand exactly how the negligence of your GP has affected you we will need to ask you questions and find out about your experience when you call, after gaining a full understanding about your experience we will then be able to give you free no-obligation help, guidance and support.
After finding out your options, if you are ready to claim, we can help you take your first step towards getting your compensation by helping you set your claim up today. Contact our team on 08000 250 250 or fill out our online form and we can call you.
How can I fund my claim?
In the majority of medical negligence cases, we are able to offer a No Win No Fee agreement.
No Win No Fee means there are no upfront costs for pursuing your claim and if your claim is unsuccessful you will not have to pay a penny.
No Win No Fee agreements give people who cannot afford legal representation the opportunity to pursue their legal rights and gain justice by getting the support they require to make a compensation claim.
Our solicitors will work on a success fee basis rather then charging you any upfront costs but, if for any reason, we cannot take your medical negligence claim on a No Win No Fee basis then we will tell you straight away and discuss other options available to you.
So if you feel like you have been let down, let us help you back up, contact our team today on 08000 250 250 or fill out our online form and find out how we can help you get the compensation you need without the added financial stress.