GP / Doctor Negligence
GPs and their staff are often the first point of contact if you have a physical or mental health problem. They are trained to identify a wide variety of different injuries and conditions. Part of their role is also to recognise when to refer patients to specialist medical practitioners.
There are over 1.3 million GP consultations every day, most of which take place in a GP surgery or within the patientâ€™s home.
GPs occasionally work as part of teams attached to hospitals with roles in accident and emergency centres, discharge planning and in unscheduled care (such as urgent care centres). In the community they may run clinics in schools and in residential and nursing care homes.
Doctors are required to be able to identify the signs and symptoms of illness and act on those symptoms whether by referral to a specialist or providing treatment themselves.
If a GPâ€™s treatment or actions are substandard and this causes you to suffer harm, then you may be able to claim compensation.
Sometimes the signs and symptoms of illness are missed or misinterpreted with serious consequences.
Examples of GP negligence include:-
- Failing to diagnose meningitis
- Failing to diagnose brain haemorrhage
- Failing to diagnose stroke
- Failing to diagnose an aneurysm
- Failing to diagnose cauda equina syndrome
- Failing to refer a patient for cancer investigations
- Failing to make planned referrals
- Prescribing the wrong medication/mis-prescriptions
- Failing to diagnose unstable angina, leading to cardiac arrest
- failing to take proper account of your medical history
- late diagnosis of an injury or condition
- conducting an inadequate examination