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Claiming compensation for negligence by your GP or doctor will require you to approach a medical negligence solicitor for expert legal advice.
GPs are required to have a broad understanding of a large number of medical fields, even if they do not possess specialist knowledge of any given affliction or disease. In theory this means they can provide appropriate care for the vast majority of patients and afflictions, and make appropriate referrals to specialists where this is necessary. Sometimes however, GPs fail to provide even the most basic standards of care, with potentially devastating implications for the patients concerned.
Where such failures affect you and your health, you may be entitled to make a claim for doctor negligence.
There are a number of instances where failures on the part of your doctor / GP may entitle you to make a GP negligence claim:
Only an expert medical negligence solicitor, such as those at Blackwater Law, can tell you whether or not you have a case.
The above is not intended as an exhaustive list of all potential scenarios where you may be able to make a medical negligence claim against your GP or doctor. Any situation where the patient has suffered as a result of poor judgement, care or advice on the behalf of the GP may qualify as grounds for making a claim. Legal advice should be sought promptly from a specialist medical negligence solicitor in order to establish whether or not you or your family member is potentially entitled to make a claim.
Blackwater Law medical negligence solicitors acted for Mr L in a medical negligence claim in the High Court after he was misdiagnosed. The misdiagnosis meant he went on to suffer a serious stroke causing life-limiting disability.
At Blackwater Law we understand the effects poor care, a misdiagnosis or issuing the wrong prescription can have on you and your family. We also appreciate that the notion of paying legal fees for representation can mean you are put off claiming the compensation you may be entitled to. That is why we undertake all medical negligence claims on a no win, no fee basis, including GP negligence claims and misdiagnosis claims.
You will not be taking any financial risk if Blackwater Law represent you in making a compensation claim for GP negligence.
Many medical afflictions, particularly serious ones, may become more serious over time if left undiagnosed or untreated, or if the treatment prescribed is incorrect. This can have serious implications for long term prognosis and lead to the development of further associated health conditions.
Even where their implications are not fatal, the failures listed here, and indeed any such negligent act on the part of your GP, can introduce the need for more extensive or invasive and unpleasant forms of treatment, or may prevent what would have otherwise been a fuller or quicker recovery.
The experienced medical negligence solicitors at Blackwater Law have a comprehensive understanding of the difficulties patients can face as a result of negligence on the part of the GPs or doctors. This expert knowledge is what enables them to secure the maximum available compensation award for clients. This financial redress can help you meet the costs of private treatment, compensate you for pain and suffering, reimburse you for financial losses and help you move on from your experience of medical negligence. In the most serious of cases your compensation claim can provide for any long-term professional care you or your family member might need.
The first step to take is to call Blackwater Law for free initial advice, direct from a specialist medical negligence solicitor. You will be able to ask questions and the solicitor will quickly be able to tell you whether you may have grounds to claim compensation for GP negligence.
Following consultation with your Blackwater Law medical negligence solicitor, you may both agree that suing your GP practice is the best course of action. Where this is the case your claim is likely to be directed to the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA).
Your expert clinical negligence lawyer will assemble a body of strong evidence in support of your case, before submitting a legal argument to the NHSLA. Your medical negligence lawyer will deal with everything on your behalf and keep you informed at each and every stage.
Blackwater Law will take the time to understand your circumstances and fight for the very best compensation amount possible.
There is no set timeframe for the duration of medical negligence claims against GPs, but once the NHSLA receives the ‘Letter of Claim’ sent by your solicitor they will have 4 months to respond, either with an admission of liability or with intent to contest the case in court – the latter only happens in around 2% of cases. The response given by the NHSLA, in conjunction with the knowledge and support offered by your medical negligence solicitor will form the basis for any decision relating to the next course of action. You will be kept informed of developments at every stage of the claims process, and your case will always be progressed according to your best interests.
Holmes & Hills have dealt with my claim really well. I have a lot to thank them for and would most certainly recommend them to anyone.