Your GP is usually the first point of contact when you are feeling unwell. They are very good at dealing with day to day problems and in many cases a simple course of antibiotics or pain relief treatment will be sufficient to help a patient to recover from any straight-forward illness.
Although GPs do not specialise in a particular area of health, they should know when to refer their patients on to a specialist for further advice, investigation or treatment.
Problems can arise when GPs fail to identify certain red flag symptoms which indicate that urgent specialist care is required, and when GPs make a mistake like this, there can be devastating consequences.
Suing an NHS Doctor For Medical Negligence
GPs are required to provide treatment in accordance with guidelines put in place by The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and if they fail to do so, there is the potential to claim for compensation for negligent treatment against the GP. Potential negligence claims can be made for:
- Failure to correctly diagnose a serious medical condition such as meningitis
- Failure to prescribe the correct medication or dosage
- Failure to make an appropriate referral to a specialist
- Failure to refer a patient for investigations such as bloods tests, x-rays, etc.
No Win No Fee GP Negligence Solicitors
If you believe your GP was negligent in dealing with you or provided incorrect treatment, Garratts Medical Negligence Solicitors can provide a no obligation, initial consultation so that we can establish whether a claim for compensation can be made. The majority of our cases are funded by a 'No Win No Fee' Agreement so there's no financial risk to you.
We have offices in Oldham, Ashton, Newton Heath, Radcliffe, Stalybridge and Worsley and you can be seen at any of these offices to suit you. Alternatively we offer a home or hospital visit for people who are unable to attend our offices.