GP Negligence Compensation Claims with Win Wales
GP Negligence Compensation
When you are worried about your health, your GP is usually the first person you consult. A GP carries a weight of responsibility: they must decide whether to refer you to a specialist or consultant, to keep your case under review or simply to offer reassurance. There are cases where it can be difficult for the GP to get the balance right and very sadly, mistakes do occur, sometimes with life-changing consequences. If this has happened to you, the clinical negligence team at WINWales can help you make a claim for GP negligence compensation on a No Win No Fee basis.
Not every mistake made by a GP is a case of negligence, but if a competent GP would have made a referral to a consultant in your case and your GP failed to do so, then that may well be shown to be negligence. In the case of wrongly prescribed medication, if it can be shown that a competent GP would not have prescribed the medication, then that may be construed as negligence. If you have suffered harm as a result of a similar event, then you may be entitled to compensation.
Common reasons for GP negligence claims
Claims for GP negligence cover a wide variety of scenarios. One example might be that if you saw your GP complaining of a certain symptom, for example persistent headaches, and they failed to explore all potential causes, or to refer you to a consultant when your condition did not improve. Headaches are usually a minor if troublesome complaint but can sometimes indicate something more sinister, such as a brain tumour. If your GP failed to consider this as a possibility and did not refer you on to a specialist, you would have a case for compensation. NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) has drawn up guidelines for GPs to follow when providing treatment and making referrals. A GP failing to follow those guidelines can result in negligence, as for example in the following cases:
Failing to diagnose diabetes
- Failing to diagnose brain haemorrhage
- Failing to diagnose meningitis
- Failing to diagnose unstable angina, leading to cardiac arrest
- Failing to make planned referrals
- Prescribing the wrong medication or prescribing the incorrect dosage of a drug
- Failing to refer a patient for cancer investigations
Are there any time constraints when claiming compensation for medical negligence?
For a claim to be successful, it must be submitted within three years of the injury or harm having occurred, so it is advisable to begin the process of claiming compensation as soon as possible.
What level of compensation am I likely to receive?
The level of compensation that you may receive is awarded on two factors, firstly, your pain and suffering and any restriction of your ability to do things that you used to be able to do and secondly, to compensate you for any financial loss you have incurred and any potential future financial losses that are attributable to your GP’s negligence.
Compensation is calculated solely according to how a negligent mistake by your GP has affected you: when mistakes have led to catastrophic consequences for patients, very substantial amounts of compensation are likely to be awarded.
Negligence claims against GPs
Our GP negligence solicitors have won compensation for their clients in many different GP negligence cases. When making a claim for compensation, it is advisable to use a solicitor who is experienced in winning medical negligence claims. To find out more, contact the team at WINWales on 0333 567 4000 or fill in the online form; your nearest solicitor who specialises in medical negligence cases will contact you to discuss your case in complete confidence.
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