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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."

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    The consequences of negligent doctors


    Medical negligence can have serious, devastating consequences, and if you feel your GP has been negligent, you may be considering making a claim for compensation. Some GP’s in the UK see in excess of 100 patients a week, and only have a few minutes to spend with each patient, so unfortunately, mistakes do happen.

    What constitutes a negligent doctor?

    Here are a few examples of when a doctor could be considered negligent:

    • Misdiagnosis – some serious illnesses present with symptoms similar to minor illnesses, for example, meningitis is often misdiagnosed as flu. The consequences of such a misdiagnosis could be serious, even fatal
    • Failure to diagnose an illness
    • Incorrect treatment
    • Failure to treat the patient or delayed treatment
    • Errors with prescription – for example, prescribing inappropriate medication or failing to make patients aware of a drug’s serious side effects
    • Failure to refer patient for specialist treatment if required

    Claiming for compensation

    If you have been affected by any of the above, you’ll know that the consequences can be serious, and you may be considering making a claim for compensation. Medical negligence is a serious issue, but those considering making a claim may be concerned about how this will affect their future care. If you have claimed that your GP was negligent, they can’t refuse to treat you, although you may be more comfortable seeing a different doctor in future, or even changing practices. You can claim for the following:

    • Loss of earnings
    • Pain and suffering
    • Medical and care costs including the cost of travel to medical appointments
    • Any special equipment needed for daily life, including the cost of adjusting your home

    How we can help

    Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have been dealing with medical negligence claims for more than 13 years, so we’re experts in our field. We’re proud that Esther Rantzen, UK consumer champion and media personality, is our sponsor, and we are accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, so you know you’re dealing with professionals.

    Our freephone advice line is open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500, so you can call for confidential, no-obligation advice at any time of the day or night, and we offer a 100% no win, no fee* service. Why not visit our website today and take our 30-second test to find out how much compensation you could claim, then give us a call – we can normally tell you within 30 seconds if your claim is viable.

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    Date Published: December 15, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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