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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Can I claim for GP negligence?

    “Can I claim for GP negligence?” This is a question many of us have been asked at some point. As the first point of contact for most medical problems GPs are a crucial part of the healthcare system.

    However, mistakes do occur, resulting in problems that can cause devastating effects. If your GP misdiagnoses you, resulting in delayed or incorrect treatment, or mismanages your prescriptions, you could have a claim for GP negligence.

    If you think your doctor has been negligent a quick phone call to Accident Advice Helpline will set you on the path to obtaining the compensation you deserve. Most GPs offer excellent service and work tirelessly for your well-being, but sometimes mistakes happen due to patient volume or mismanaged care.

    The results of such failings can be devastating for you and your loved ones. The law relating to claims for GP negligence are there to compensate patients for any damage caused.

    Making a claim

    In order to make a claim we first need evidence that negligence actually did occur. You will need to provide as much detail as possible about how your GP was negligent and what its impact has been on you. A report from a medical expert, detailing your corrective treatment and any ongoing physical and physiological issues will also be required to help process your claim quickly.

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    If you can provide both of these, calling a helpful adviser from Accident Advice Helpline can start the claims process immediately. We will put you in contact with one of our expert medical negligence solicitors who will handle your case and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

    What is GP negligence?

    GP negligence covers a broad range of the avoidable errors your doctor can make in connection with the treatment that has caused you harm. These can range from minor issues to fatal errors; the most basic form is misdiagnosis.

    If your GP fails to make a correct diagnosis it can result in you receiving treatment that could be detrimental to your health or reduce your chances of recovery due to delays in receiving the correct treatment.

    Delays to treatment caused by your GP’s inaction in prescribing the correct medication or referrals can also be interpreted as GP negligence if they result in permanent debilitation, prolonged illness resulting in loss of earnings or, in extreme cases, death.

    Other examples of GP negligence include the following.

    • Failure to send you for precautionary scans if you have a family history that predisposes you to a preventable illness that goes untreated
    • Failure to refer you for further testing, which results in long-term harm or fatality due to missed symptoms that could easily have been detected
    • The treatment itself can be considered negligent if your prescriptions are not closely monitored, resulting in damaging side effects or treatment that causes further harm being caused.

    If you have suffered from any of these issues you deserve compensation for the devastating effects such negligence can have on your life. If you believe you have been the victim of GP negligence a simple phone call to Accident Advice Helpline will provide you with the answers to any questions you may have regarding how to go about making a successful claim.

    Date Published: October 16, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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