Professional legal advice for claims against General Practitioners
People put their trust in GPs and healthcare professionals. You immediately go to a GP when you are concerned about your health. A GP should be able to provide suitable knowledge and action on a wide range of medical areas. If you feel that your GP has been negligent in your treatment, we can help you determine whether or not you are entitled to compensation.
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What is GP Negligence?
As a GP should have knowledge on a variety of medical subjects, there are various issues that can arise from their treatment, including but not limited to:
- A failure to properly diagnose your condition
- Failing to refer you to a specialist for further treatment
- Failing to carry out home visits
- Failing to properly record your medical history
If failures such as those above should lead to complications or a worsening of your health, there may be a case for negligence against your GP.
If you are unsure whether your experience with a healthcare professional falls under this kind of negligence, it is best to contact one of our solicitors as soon as possible so that they can assess whether you are entitled to make a claim and what kind of funding is the best option for you.
When can I make a Medical Negligence claim?
In most GP cases, claims need to be made within three years from when your GP made a mistake, or three years from when you first discovered your injury or noticed it worsening. However, this time restriction can vary depending on the circumstances of your case.
For example, when making a claim for a child, the three year time restriction begins after the child turn 18 years old. Likewise, someone who lacks mental capacity and cannot make a claim on their own may also be exempt from the restriction. It is important that you contact a legal professional as soon as you can so that we can assess whether your case is still able to move forward.
What can compensation help with?
If your claim is successful, the settlement can help you to adapt to life should you have permanent or worsening injuries. It can fund any home adjustments that you may need to help you in daily life. It can also pay for any ongoing treatment or aftercare that is required to ensure that your recovery is as effective as possible. If you have had to take time off work you may also be able to recoup lost income.
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How are GP Negligence cases funded?
There are various options of funding for claims. Many of our cases are funded using Conditional Fee Agreements, (also called a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement). In a Conditional Fee Agreement, you will only pay for our solicitors’ work if we win the case for you. In very limited cases we can offer advice for free thanks to Legal Aid funding. Our solicitors can review and discuss your funding options and help you decide the best route to take.
How can Switalskis help me?
It can be difficult to prove whether a GP has been negligent, therefore our solicitors will work with you closely to build your case through asking you a series of questions. We believe that it is important to understand what went wrong and why any mistakes happened. We will provide you with the advice and guidance you need along the way, to give you peace of mind.
Our team includes solicitors who are accredited as specialists by both The Law Society and the patients’ charity, Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA). We are also recognised as being among the top Clinical Negligence teams in England by the Legal 500 UK, the foremost legal guide for clients.