GP Negligence Compensation
Posted on 8th January 2021 at 18:09
We expect when we go for medical advice or a check-up that we’ll be getting expert help from someone who knows what they are doing. Thankfully, most of the time this is the case but that doesn’t mean your local doctor can’t make mistakes.
GPs are under more pressure than ever and often can’t devote as much time as they’d like to individual patients. They can miss vital signs that someone has an illness, misdiagnose or even prescribe the wrong medicine.
By law, professionals such as GPs have insurance to cover themselves from such mistakes but the biggest impact most certainly will be on the individual patient who doesn’t get the right diagnosis or suffers as a consequence of negligent treatment.
Of course, it can be daunting to take on a professional like a GP, someone we naturally tend to trust to do the right thing. Most GPs who are found to be negligent haven’t done it intentionally but they do have a duty of care to their patients.
Negligence can be a result of not having enough time to carry out a full examination, not asking the right questions during a consultation or sending for the appropriate tests, misreading results or simply not having the right skills or knowledge. Another fault may simply be a failure to keep adequate records which means other GPs can’t follow up properly.
People can often be with a GP for a number of years and feel a sense of loyalty or even believe that registering with a new clinic might be problematic. If you think you have been a victim of GP negligence, however, you really need to seek some good legal advice to find out where you stand. This can be particularly important if you have been misdiagnosed and suffered as a consequence – that could mean you require care for the future which can obviously cost money.
A prescription error, for example, can have serious consequences for your health. If you are being given an inappropriate medicine for your condition it can cause long term damage. It isn’t just poor prescribing but not reviewing your medication on a regular basis that can lead to future problems. For example, you may have been given the wrong dose or have been kept on a particular prescription for too long.
At DSM legal we can give you the advice and guidance that you’re looking for. You’ll have access to a friendly, straight talking team who will be able to review your case and decide whether you have a basis for a claim or not.
We appreciate that this is something you’re not going to undertake lightly, but we’ll be with you every step of the way so that you’ll always feel supported. We operate a no win no fee service which means you’ll always get the sound advice you need without having to worry about the initial cost and whether you can afford to make a claim.
The process starts with a consultation where one of our expert solicitors can take a closer look at what happened and decide whether you have a claim or not. You’re under no pressure to take it any further. Contact us today if you want to find out more.
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