GP negligence compensation claims
This article sets out everything you should know about making a successful GP negligence compensation claim.
The General Medical Council found that approximately 45% of complaints about doctors in 2009 were related to GPs. GP negligence can exacerbate an existing condition at best, and at worst, can endanger patients' lives. If you have suffered because of GP negligence, you may feel that taking action could be complicated and stressful. However, Quittance's panel of solicitors can guide you through the process, and ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.
GP negligence can be defined as the failure of a GP to provide an appropriate diagnosis or the correct medication. Negligence also occurs when a GP fails to refer a patient for assessment by a specialist, or to act on the results of tests. This can be especially detrimental to people who have conditions that affect the length or quality of their lives.
If you were injured as the result of GP negligence in the last three years (longer if children were involved) and someone else was to blame, then we can help you make a compensation claim.
If your physical and mental well-being has been affected by GP negligence, it is important to seek the advice of a solicitor who has experience of dealing with cases like yours. The Quittance panel can advise you on whether or not you are likely to have a case for claiming compensation. The panel can also provide you with an estimate of how much your claim could be worth, enabling you to make an informed decision from the start.
Your solicitor can conduct an investigation into what has happened, and gather all the evidence necessary to pursue a claim for compensation.
I have a strong claim - why won't a solicitor take it on?
If a member of your family has suffered because of GP negligence, and is not able to make a claim, you can act on their behalf. If your family member has lost their life because of a lack of care from their GP, you could have a case for claiming compensation. An experienced solicitor will appreciate the extent of your suffering, and will work hard to ensure that you receive compensation for what has happened.
The amount you could be awarded for GP negligence is very much dependent on your circumstances. If you have been prescribed the wrong medication, for example, your condition could get worse. In addition, you may experience added side effects that have a significant impact on your quality of life. If your GP has failed to diagnose a condition such as cancer, the disease might progress more rapidly and become less responsive to treatment. Quittance's panel of solicitors can advise you on how much your claim could be worth.
If you or a family member has suffered because of GP negligence, you could have a case for claiming compensation. While compensation cannot change what has happened, it can provide some financial comfort in adverse circumstances. An award of compensation can encompass pain and suffering, effects on the quality and length of your life, and costs that you have incurred during your illness. These costs can include taxis, prescription charges, childcare or modifications to your home.
Guidelines for personal injury awards are laid out by the Judicial College (formerly the Judicial Studies Board). The awards are proposed with reference to an injury's extent and nature. Guideline compensation amounts are set out in the form of minimum and maximum amounts to be awarded for an injury or other medical condition.
The guidelines are, technically, not law but they are widely adopted by insurers, solicitors and the Courts. The Compensation Claims Report (CCR) considers factors likely to affect your compensation award in reference to these guidelines.
Expenses (e.g. travel to physiotherapy sessions), medical treatment costs and loss of earnings can also usually compensated for. These are called special damages.
A no win no fee arrangement (technically known as a CFA or Conditional Fee Agreement) is entered into between a claimant and an injury solicitor.
The no win no fee agreement is the conditions under which the solicitor represents the claimant.
The agreement documents what the solicitor will do and how they is remunerated if your compensation claim is won.
If you choose our solicitors for your GP negligence claim there will be no hidden charges , nothing to pay up-front and the peace of mind that you will never be financially out of pocket.
The national network of QLS solicitors handle all types of clinical negligence claims, from less-severe claims to life-changing injury. Our solicitors are chosen for their level of experience and their winning track record.
About the author
Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.
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