Many patients do not realise that they may be eligible to pursue a claim for medical negligence against GPs. If you have been a victim of GP negligence, it may be that you are entitled to compensation.
It can be very frustrating when attending your GP surgery if you do not believe that your GP is listening to your concerns and is not taking your worries seriously.
GPs can be negligent in numerous ways. However, we have set out a few examples below:-
GP Failing to Carry Out An Examination
Depending on the symptoms you are complaining to your GP about, it may be that a physical examination is required.
Failure to carry out an examination, or an adequate examination, can lead to a patient’s illness potentially not being diagnosed, which can in turn lead to them not receiving the appropriate investigations or treatment they may require.
GP Failing To Provide Appropriate Advice
If a GP does not provide a patient with the appropriate advice, this can lead to them suffering further injury or problems.
For example, if a GP does not make a patient aware of any warnings signs that they should look out for which would require them to seek further urgent medical treatment, then this can lead to a patient becoming more ill and suffering from more symptoms, which could become permanent.
Misdiagnosis or Failure to Diagnose
Misdiagnosis is the foundation for a patient receiving incorrect treatment.
If a patient were to receive a misdiagnosis which leads to them receiving incorrect investigations and treatment, they could experience complications that could potentially be very harmful. Their life could also be impacted as a result of having to undergo unnecessary treatment.
Consequently, a patient may experience a substantial deterioration to their health, which could also negatively impact on them psychologically.
Failing to diagnose a patient can also cause further injury as this means that the patient would not be receiving the correct care and treatment that they require to become well again.
If a correct diagnosis is not made, an illness can remain untreated and cause unnecessary pain and suffering. It can also become worse over time as a patient is not receiving the appropriate care.
The repercussions of these failures can affect a patient’s quality of life.
GP Failure to Appropriately Refer
A GP may delay in referring a patient to another medical professional, such as a Specialist, or to a Hospital. They may even fail to refer a patient altogether.
When there has been a failure to appropriately refer a patient, this can mean that a patient is not diagnosed and is therefore not treated quickly. This can cause a patient to suffer for a longer period of time.
Symptoms can often worsen and then require a more aggressive type of treatment once a diagnosis is eventually made. This may even become untreatable if left undiagnosed for too long.
The above are just a number of examples of how a GP could be potentially negligent. These can all have a devastating effect on a patient’s life.
Please do not hesitate to contact one of our team today. We will be happy to discuss your concerns with you if you believe that you or a loved one have been a victim of GP negligence.
Our team can be reached on 0800 987 8807 or by completing the ‘Contact Us’ form.