GP negligence claims At a glance
- GPs manage day-to-day problems. They do not specialise in any one particular area of medicine but rather offer routine healthcare and asses a variety of different conditions including illnesses and injuries. Since a family doctor is required to have some understanding of a broad range of physical and psychological conditions, their job can be difficult and challenging. Because of this, occasionally mistakes are made.
- The most common mistakes include delayed diagnosis and referral.
- If you think you have suffered due to negligence, you should contact a solicitor as soon as possible.
Gatekeepers to the NHS
GPs decide whether or not they should treat you themselves, or if a referral to a specialist would be more appropriate. Although GPs are not usually specialists, it should be within their knowledge to know when it is beneficial to refer an individual to a specialist doctor. However, GPs can sometimes make mistakes, with the effects being devastating.
Allegations of delayed diagnosis and referral are one of the most common reasons for claims against GP. The most common conditions GPs allegedly miss or take too long to identify are cancers, infections, fractures, heart attacks, meningitis, ectopic pregnancy and blood clots. There are also a significant number of prescription errors.
If you think you have suffered due to negligence, you or your family should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. The sooner we can begin work on your claim the sooner we can begin to help you. Whilst dealing with your claim, our specialist community care team can also provide advice on your entitlement to health and social care support at home whilst your claim is being progressed.
If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of medical negligence please contact Tim Spring. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.
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