When you visit your GP for a minor illness, you are likely to be diagnosed on the spot and given treatment or a prescription. However, if you have a suspected condition which requires a more thorough examination you may need to be referred to a specialist. Specialist vary depending on the area of the body they are an expert on but your GP will know exactly who to send you to for proper care. A dermatologist deals with conditions of the skin, an ophthalmologist deals with conditions of the eye and a paediatrician deals with illnesses specific to children. As your specialist is likely to diagnose you and send you for treatment, it is essential that a GP considers sending you for evaluation to prevent an illness from progressing or spreading. For example, you may have a suspicious mole which could become cancerous. Delayed referral to a specialist in this case may lead to the cancer cells proliferating and spreading to other areas of the body. Although it is uncommon, your referral may be delayed due to a failure to send immediately or an administration error.
What can I do if a referral is delayed?
If you feel unwell and ask to see a specialist, your GP will normally do so if he/she is concerned for your health. However, if your illness has progressed despite your insistence to see a specialist, you may be able to make a compensation claim. Your GP may have failed to send you or there may have been an administration error which delayed your appointment causing a serious illness to spread or become worse. If you feel like your doctor failed to examine you thoroughly to rule out the possibility of seeing a specialist then you may also be able to make a claim where there is evidence of negligence. Contact a compensation claims company like Accident Advice Helpline for assistance.
Compensation for delayed referral to a specialist
Any loss of wages or unforeseen medical costs associated with your illness may be covered with compensation if there is evidence someone was negligent. If you feel that you should have seen a specialist sooner and you have suffered a long-term illness or injury as a result, then you could win compensation when you get help from Accident Advice Helpline. We are a law firm which helps victims of medical negligence to claim the compensation they deserve if someone else was at fault for an injury or illness. Just take our 30-second online test to determine how successful your claim is likely to be or give our free 24-hour helpline a call.
Date Published: July 12, 2014
Author: David Brown