Our GP is usually the first port of call when we have a minor medical problem or something we feel we need advice about. From there we may receive treatment or be referred for more specialist tests or appointments.
However while GPs are not qualified as specialists in any particular area, we do expect them to assess our condition and provide appropriate care as necessary. Thankfully for the most part this is exactly what happens. However there is occasionally the potential for things to go wrong and for the wrong treatment or substandard care to be given. In these situations there is the potential for a patient to suffer in a way that could reasonably have been prevented.
Claiming compensation for poor GP care does happen when the circumstances warrant it. Clearly there must be evidence that negligence played a part in the process, and this is one important area lawyers will look at when considering what occurred. Every patient has a right to expect the very best treatment and thankfully the vast majority get just that – excellent care at all times. GPs do strive to provide an outstanding service in every respect across the country.
Are examples of poor GP care common?
Rest assured poor care of this type is extremely rare. The vast majority of GPs are outstanding and work exceptionally hard to provide an excellent service for their patients at all times. It is however the case that some instances will result in problems occurring that may not have been expected or warranted early on.
If there is any concern regarding the treatment an individual has received, it is worth getting advice to see where you stand. Other people have done this in the past and the potential for compensation can arise.
Do you need confidential no-obligation advice?
It may be that this situation sounds familiar to you. If this should be the case and your own situation occurred within the last three years, you may take the 30-second online test on Accident Advice Helpline’s website. This will help clarify whether you might be entitled to compensation via a no win, no fee legal claim.
Our professional injury compensation lawyers are standing by and will provide no-obligation advice when you require it. Use our confidential service today and find out whether your medical treatment had the potential to cause issues.
Date Published: November 30, 2014
Author: David Brown