What is GP negligence?
GP negligence is a term used to describe the sub-standard care or errors that you may have received from your GP while they were treating you. GP negligence can include:
- Accidents caused by your GP
- Incorrect treatments or prescriptions
- Prolonged illness or failing to diagnose a condition
It may be that you’ve experienced a type of negligence from your GP that isn’t listed above. If that’s the case, it’s likely we can still help, especially if you feel your GP’s actions led to further injury, prolonged pain and suffering, or long-term health complications.
What can you claim for?
If you were injured as a result of your doctor’s actions, or lack of action, and it happened within the last three years, you should be able to make a claim.
Some examples of injuries that could lead to a GP negligence claim include:
Your GP's duty of care
Every medical professional who treats you, whether they’re a physiotherapist, doctor or nurse has a duty of care to you. This duty of care is both a legal and moral obligation and means they must take reasonable care to avoid causing you harm.
If this duty of care hasn’t been upheld, accidents and further injuries can happen.
Worried about claiming?
Many people are concerned that making a claim against your doctor may affect the NHS or your doctor’s career. We completely understand that this can make you feel unsure about making a claim.
Of course, your compensation has to be paid by somebody – but this is covered by the insurance of your GP’s surgery. This means you don’t need to worry about your doctor being left out of pocket.
Your claim may also highlight an unsafe practice or unsuitable treatment, so while you may be feeling anxious about claiming for money – it may prevent others from being injured in the same way.
Can you claim?
We generally advise that if you meet the criteria below then it’s likely you have a negligence claim:
- Your accident or injury happened in the last three years
- It was caused by your GP, or someone working with the GP’s surgery
- You were left out of pocket because of your injury
During your call, we’ll listen to your experience and ask you some questions so we can understand exactly how you were affected by your GP. Then, we’ll let you know if we think you can make a claim.
There’s no rush to take the next step. So, if you’re not ready to chat to a solicitor, you don’t have too. However, if you are, we can transfer you to one of our specialist solicitors for a free consultation on your case.