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GP Negligence Claims

Your General Practitioner is often the first person to be consulted when you suspect serious illness. As such, a GP carries a heavy burden; if there is a likelihood of there being something seriously wrong, they need to refer on to a specialist; if not, they must keep under review, or simply reassure.

GP Negligence Claims

It is a difficult balance to strike, and sadly sometimes mistakes are made. In those circumstances, the Clinical Negligence Team can help.

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What is GP negligence?

Not all mistakes are negligent.  However, if a competent GP would have made a referral to a specialist, for example, and your GP failed to do so, that could well amount to negligence.  Similarly, if a GP were to prescribe you medication that no competent GP would have prescribed, you have received negligent care.  In either event, you will be entitled to compensation if you have suffered harm as a result.

When might I have a claim?

GP negligence claims cover a wide range of scenarios.  A good example of when you might have a claim against your GP would be if you regularly went to your GP, complaining of a particular symptom (e.g. headaches) and the GP failed to investigate all possible causes, or didn’t refer you to a specialist when the problem didn’t resolve.  Headaches are a good example because they may have a very sinister cause, such as a brain tumour, which needs to be eliminated, but much more frequently the cause will be far more trivial.

What sort of compensation might I receive?

Compensation in GP negligence claims is awarded in two categories: firstly for your pain and suffering, and loss of ability to do the things that you used to be able to do, and secondly for any direct financial losses which you have suffered or will suffer in the future.

If your GP has made a negligent mistake, the amount of compensation you will receive depends entirely on the outcome for you.  Some errors may have disastrous outcomes, in which case compensation is likely to be very substantial.

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