The General Medical Council (GMC) has previously revealed that it receives more complaints about GPs than about anyone else in the medical profession. We all attend our GPs at some point throughout our lives; some more than others. Although GPs are not specialists, their role is to refer the matter if they deem that it falls outside their expertise. Unfortunately, GPs can sometimes make mistakes and this can cause individuals to suffer as a result.
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What is GP Negligence?
GP Negligence comes in many different forms and arises when your GP fails to deliver a reasonable standard of care.
Some examples of GP negligence are:
- An incorrect diagnosis;
- Prescribing wrong medication;
- Not warning of the possible risks of treatment;
- Failure to refer for investigations.
How to prove GP Negligence
When attending your GP Surgery, your GP should make a detailed note of what is discussed at the appointment and any medication prescribed or recommended referrals. This will become vital evidence if you feel your GP’s negligence has caused an injury and/or worsening of a condition.
It is also useful if you keep a record or timeline of your symptoms to demonstrate the suffering you have experienced.
When should I claim?
You should look to claim as early as possible as it should make it easier to gather all the relevant evidence to support your claim.
You have a limitation period of 3 years from the date of the negligence, or from when you first realised you’d suffered an injury to present your claim.
If the affected individual was under the age of 18 at the time of the negligence, they will have 3 years from the date of their 18th Birthday to bring a claim.
How much is a GP Negligence claim worth?
The amount of compensation you can claim will depend on the following:
- Nature of your injuries and/or condition;
- How long the injury/condition is likely to last;
- How much assistance you may need as a result of the injury/condition;
The purpose of compensation is to place you in the position that you would have been had the negligence not occurred.