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GP Negligence Claims

GP Negligence Claims


Duncan Lewis Personal Injury Solicitors for GP Negligence Claims


No Win No Fee GP Negligence Claims


Duncan Lewis is one of the UK’s leading firms of personal injury and Legal Aid solicitors – and can advise on how to make a no win no fee GP negligence claim if you or a loved one suffered injury, illness or adverse effects as a result.


What is GP Negligence?


NHS GPs targets for patient appointment have been scrapped and as a result getting to see your GP may be more difficult and patients may have to see a GP they have not seen before or who is a locum. Some patients are waiting two weeks to see their own GP.


From seeing your GP to see a consultant the referral time should be 18 weeks – or less in urgent cases. If a consultant’s appointment cannot be arranged within 18 weeks, patients must be offered alternative options by NHS England or their Care Commissioning Group (CCG).


Delays in being seen by a GP – or seeing a GP who does not know your history – can lead to treatment delays.


GPs can also misdiagnose patients or fail to diagnose correctly – and may even fail to refer a patient to a consultant.


GP negligence claims include:


  • Breaching patient confidentiality
  • Delays in treatment (including failing to refer to a specialist)
  • Failure to conduct patient prescription or treatment reviews
  • Failure to take patient history or inaccuracies in patient history
  • Failure to diagnose
  • Misdiagnosis (cancer, meningitis, fractures, heart attack/stroke)
  • Missing appointment targets
  • Prescribing errors/misprescribing/over prescribing
  • Wrong diagnosis.


If you are unhappy with the treatment you are receiving from your GP surgery, you can make a complaint to the practice manager. Your GP surgery should have a complaints procedure and a leaflet with details of how to make a complaint to your local Care Commissioning Group (CCG) or NHS England.


If you have already suffered injury as a result of GP negligence, the NHS has a compensation fund patients can claim from. However, it is likely that NHS lawyers will defend any claim robustly, so it is important to contact Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors as soon as possible for help with making a GP negligence claim or NHS negligence claim.


Claim for fatal injuries resulting from GP negligence


If a loved one has died as a result of GP negligence, it may be possible for dependants to make a claim for compensation. Contact Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors as soon as possible for help and advice about making a GP negligence claim.


How long do patients have to make GP Negligence claims?


GP negligence claims fall under the area of law known as personal injury.


Personal injury claimants usually have three years from the date of the injury to make a claim for GP negligence.


Claims can sometimes be made outside the three-year limitation period, however. Minors have three years from the age of 18 to make a claim.


Because of the limitation period for personal injury claims, it is important to seek legal advice from Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors as soon as possible if you wish to make a GP negligence claim.


How much compensation can I claim for GP Negligence?


Compensation for GP Negligence Claims includes:


  • General Damages for pain, suffering and loss of amenity
    The exact amount will be assessed according to the extent of injury, estimated recovery time and rehabilitation needed – and whether further medical treatment or even lifelong care is needed.
  • Special Damages to cover medical fees and out-of-pocket expenses
    Expenses might include physiotherapy, loss of earnings, travel expenses to hospital or damage to personal items. In more serious cases, ongoing care, loss of future salary and pension or adaptations to your home would be included.


Who pays the compensation in GP negligence claims?


GPs have their own professional liability insurance so in the case of private GPs, their insurance company would pay.


The NHS has its own compensation fund to settle negligence claims from NHS patients bringing GP negligence claims.


Will I have to go to court to claim compensation?


Your Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitor will keep you fully informed at all stages of the case.


Most GP negligence claims are settled out-of-court – Duncan Lewis personal injury lawyers negotiate hard to get the best settlement for you.


But if a court hearing is necessary, Duncan Lewis instructs leading barristers who specialise in GP negligence claims, to make sure you have the best legal representation possible.


Why Duncan Lewis is the best solicitor for GP Negligence Claims


  • Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors understand just how traumatic and upsetting GP negligence claims can be – we believe in putting you and your family first to obtain the best results for you
  • Duncan Lewis is one of the leading firms of Personal Injury and Legal Aid solicitors in the UK
  • Our initial advice on making a claim for GP negligence compensation is free
  • Duncan Lewis accepts GP negligence claims on a no win no fee basis, so you will not have to worry about legal fees
  • We will visit you at home if you are recovering from injuries or surgery as a result of GP negligence – and can arrange expert medical opinions to help back up your claim
  • Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors will make sure you understand every stage of your GP negligence claim
  • We will handle negotiations for you, so you do not have to worry while you are recovering from surgery or injuries as a result of GP negligence.


Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors have a successful track record in accident and injury claims, including GP negligence.


Contact Duncan Lewis for free advice on making a GP negligence claim by calling 020 7923 4020.

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