Your claim could prevent other people suffering in the same way
Whether private or working for the NHS, GPs have a duty to care to make sure that you receive the correct and best medical care at all times. Although it’s rare, sometimes your GP might fail in their duty of care and, if you’ve been injured as a result, whether physically or mentally, you may be entitled to make a GP negligence claim.
What type of thing can I claim for?
GP negligence claims fall into a number of categories, but if you were injured as a result of your doctor’s actions, or lack of actions, and it happened within the last three years, you should be able to make a claim.
Some examples of injuries that could warrant a claim include:
- Late or incorrect diagnosis
- Failure to refer the patient for specialist care
- Errors prescribing medication
- Needle related injuries, such as when you’re accidently pricked or cut by your GP while receiving an injection
Unsure about the claims process?
I’m worried about claiming against my doctor
This is a natural concern, and one of the most common things we hear from people who contact us about possible cases of GP negligence. You should be aware that past claims have highlighted unsafe or unsuitable methods being used by doctors, leading to changes which have prevented other patients going through the same situation.
In short, making a claim could mean that someone else avoids suffering medical negligence in the future. Your claim is also important for your own recovery, and any compensation you receive can be put towards getting you back on your feet.
You might also be worried that your claim will cost your GP money and then mean other people can’t access healthcare, but you don’t need to worry. Your GP’s insurance provider, and not the practice itself, will pay your claim if you’re successful.
How do I start my claim?
Making a claim with National Accident Helpline is quick and easy; you can call us free on
Our friendly and experienced call handlers will chat with you about your situation and can let you know within minutes whether you have a valid claim.
If you’re happy to carry on, they’ll transfer you directly to an experienced medical negligence solicitor who will handle your case.
Your solicitor is there for you, and they can answer any questions you might have as well as help you complete any necessary paperwork.