GPs manage day-to-day problems and, although they are not usually specialists, they should know when:
- to refer a patient for an appointment with a more specialised doctor; or
- to send someone urgently to hospital.
Unfortunately, sometimes the care received from GPs can be sub-standard. GPs can make mistakes and these mistakes can be devastating.
Common things that can result in GP Negligence Claims:
- Failing to spot the usual symptoms of serious illnesses
- Blood poisoning
- Heart problems
- Stroke/brain injury
- Failure to adequately investigate symptoms
- Failing to refer a patient to the hospital/a specialist for further investigation
- Failing to discuss problems/symptoms with other health care professionals
- Failing to visit a patient at home where the history suggests a possibly serious problem
- Failing to adequately examine the patient or take an adequate history/keep proper records
- Not acting on the results of tests
- Performing minor surgical procedures which a GP is not competent to undertake
- Prescribing the wrong medication
Our Medical Negligence Solicitors have secured compensation in many different types of negligence claims against doctors, surgeons and GPs. It’s important to choose lawyers with the specialist expertise to help you.