Pursuing a medical negligence claim might initially seem daunting – especially as the vast majority of people are unlikely to have gone through the process before. The aim of this blog is therefore to provide a brief summary of the process, from...
Malpractice claims against medical professionals - areas of specialism
- Hospital doctors (private or NHS)
- Nurses - Nurse practitioners (eg, walk-in centres)
Claims against medical professionals are designed to provide compensation for the victims of medical negligence and this sum of compensation covers the pain and suffering caused by medical negligence and also caters to the ongoing treatment of the patient and any financial loss caused by their accident, including an inability to work.
To enquire about claims against medical professionals, call us on 0203 817 9430 for free initial legal advice without obligation.
Your General Practitioner, or GP, is who you often turn to first when you are unwell or need medication. Most of the time, the advice and treatment they provide is appropriate and you are able to continue with your everyday life. Occasionally, however, treatment provided by GPs fall below the high standard that we expect.
The most striking examples of GP failure is when a doctor has failed to properly take into account their patient’s symptoms, has incorrectly diagnosed them and has failed to refer them on to hospital for further tests, scans or treatment. These failures can lead to a delay in diagnosis of conditions such as cancer, serious infections or fractures. Sadly, the delay can often have a negative impact on a patient’s recovery or even their survival. If this is the case, a claim can be brought against the GP.
Some minor procedures, such as the removal of moles, podiatry treatment and the insertion of contraceptive implants are undertaken by GPs. For all of these procedures, an informed consent must be obtained from the patient, the correct instruments must be used which must be sterile and in line with infection control guidelines and they must, of course, be performed to a reasonable standard. If not and an injury is caused, the patient may have a clinical negligence claim against their GP.
All GPs practising in England and Wales must have indemnity insurance in place in respect of claims made against them as any clinical negligence claim is made against them as an individual and not usually the practice where they work. This is different to claims made against doctors working in NHS Trusts.
We have been successful in a vast number of claims against GPs. We work with a number of highly experienced GP experts who provide their opinion on the treatment and advice our clients have received. If you would like to speak to a member of the team about pursuing a claim against a GP call us on 0203 817 9430 for some free initial advice without obligation.
Areas of specialism
- Failure to refer for further investigations
- Incorrect diagnosis
- Inappropriate treatment or medication
- Negligently performed minor procedures