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GP Negligence Claims

GP Negligence at a Glance

  • You can make a medical negligence claim against your General Practitioner (GP).
  • You might be entitled to compensation if you have been injured by treatment your GP provided, that no other GPs would consider reasonable.
  • Amongst other things, GPs are responsible for identifying conditions and referring patients to specialists. Failing to do this can be negligent.
  • You don’t have to suffer a new injury to make a claim. If a GP has made a pre-existing condition worse, you might be entitled to make a claim.
  • All of our GP negligence claims are funded on a No Win No Fee agreement.
  • Contact us if you think you have a potential claim for GP negligence.
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GP Negligence Solicitors

Like other health professionals, occasionally GPs make mistakes. If a GP’s mistake has injured you, you might be entitled to compensation by making a GP negligence claim. It might be that the negligence has caused a new injury, made an existing injury or illness worse, or prevented you from making a good recovery.

GPs are our first port of call when we need non-urgent medical help. This means they need to know many areas of medicine. Even if they cannot provide you with treatment, they should identify your problem and refer you to a specialist who can help. You might be entitled to compensation if a GP’s failure to refer you to a specialist promptly has caused you further harm

Pryers’ team of experts have helped many clients with medical negligence claims against their GP. Contact us by email, or call us on 01904 556600 for a free, no obligation consultation.

It is easy to forget, but doctors are only human. This means that occasionally they will make mistakes; mistakes that can have severe consequences.

If you have been injured, or your condition worsened, by treatment a GP has provided, you might be able to claim compensation. To make a successful medical negligence claim against a GP, you need to prove:

  • They provided you with treatment that was worse than any other GPs would have provided; and
  • This treatment injured you, made a pre-existing condition significantly worse, or prevented you from making the recovery you otherwise would have done.

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Without medical evidence and legal experience it can be hard to know if your symptoms have been caused by your GP, or were the inevitable consequence of a pre-existing condition. If you think you have been the victim of poor treatment, just call us on 01904 556600 or contact us by email. Our team will assess your claim for free, and advise whether we can help you claim compensation on a No Win No Fee basis.

Because GPs treat a wide range of conditions, we see claims relating to all sorts of problems, including:

  • Prescribing the wrong medication
  • Avoidable errors with minor surgeries
  • Failing to refer you to specialists when necessary
  • Mismanagement of long-term conditions, such as diabetes

Because GPs are the first people you go to when you need non-urgent medical help, we see a lot of claims for failing to diagnose, or misdiagnosing conditions, which results in a delay in diagnosis. We have seen this with a range of medical conditions, including:

Every medical negligence claim is different, so will take a slightly different course, but a typical claim will involve:

Initial assessment

Many people are not sure whether they can make a medical negligence claim. That is why Pryers offer a free initial consultation. We will talk about what you’ve been through and advise for free whether we can help you claim compensation on a No Win No Fee basis.

Evidence gathering

If you decide to go ahead with making a claim, we will obtain the relevant medical records. We will then instruct an independent medical expert to prepare a report on the treatment you have received. Sometimes more than one expert’s evidence is needed, so this process may be repeated.

Negotiation

Once we have enough evidence, we will write to the other side and set out the details of your claim. Typically, they will pass this to their insurer. If they accept fault, we can gather evidence regarding your injuries and any losses, to try and negotiate a settlement.

Litigation

If we cannot reach an agreement, we will issue proceedings at court. The court will then set a calendar for all parties to exchange evidence.

The court’s plan usually leads to agreement being reached between the parties, which means most claims do not end in a trial. Nevertheless, Pryers have the necessary experience to achieve the best outcome if your claim does end in a trial.

You can read more about the process of making a claim in our medical negligence claim guide.

If you have suffered a significant injury as a result of your GP’s negligent care, you can make a medical negligence claim. You can also claim compensation for any financial losses sustained. However, it doesn’t have to be an entirely new injury.

A large part of a GP’s work involves managing long-term conditions. Mismanagement can therefore result in a deterioration of a pre-existing problem – rather than a new injury. Likewise, if a GP fails to diagnose a condition, it might not be that they could have prevented this condition, but you are entitled to compensation for the extent that their failure made it worse or prevented you from making a good recovery.

Where can I make a GP negligence claim?

Pryers’ team is made up of medical negligence claims specialists, who have extensive experience representing clients in claims against GPs.

If you think you have received poor treatment from your GP, all you have to do is contact us by email, or call us on 01904 556600. We will listen to your story and advise if we can help on a No Win No Fee basis.

GP Negligence Success Stories

Liver Damage Caused by Medication

Our client Chloe had a history of obesity, gastric bypass surgery, hypertension (high blood pressure), and type II diabetes. She was prescribed medication to treat chronic high blood pressure, a medication that inhibits angiotensin-converting-enzyme (ACE) in the body which causes relaxation of blood vessels as well as a decrease in blood volume, leading to lower […]

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£50,000 Settlement

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Practice System Failing And Individual GP Breach

James, 46, from Walthamstow, had been struggling with tiredness, fatigue, cognitive impairment and bloating since 2009 when he attended his GP. He underwent some tests but was not advised of any abnormalities. James continued to experience symptoms but was told it was likely due to depression and anxiety. He changed GP surgeries in 2014. In […]

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£9,000 Settlement

£600,000 Compensation For Vasculitis Sufferer

Andrew, 56, from Salisbury, received £600,000 compensation in settlement of a medical negligence claim regarding an underlying condition of vasculitis. Vasculitis relates to kidney function, and patients can stay relatively healthy if this is managed well. However, it can become serious if not treated quickly. Andrew had a flare up of vasculitis in 2010 and […]

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£600,000 Settlement

Key People

A photograph of Richard Starkie, a Partner, Richard Starkie, Clinical Negligence Solicitor at Pryers Solicitors.

Richard Starkie

Partner

Richard Starkie qualified as a solicitor in 2001. He became a partner at Pryers in 2013, where he leads a team of solicitors and other lawyers [...]Read more
Robyn-Hawxby

Robyn Hawxby

Partner

Robyn Hawxby qualified as a solicitor in 2002. She joined Pryers in 2008 as an Associate, after working at another local law firm [...]Read more
Tamlin Bolton

Tamlin Bolton

Senior Solicitor

Since qualifying as a Solicitor, Tamlin Bolton has worked in both Clinical Negligence and on specialist high profile Product Liability [...]Read more