GPs assist patients with an extremely broad range of illnesses and medical issues. They are trained to understand many different medical fields yet will often lack specialist knowledge regarding specific types of diseases or physical problems. When a GP encounters a situation like this, they will refer their patient to a specialist who can assist them. However, GPs can and often do make mistakes that can have a devastating impact on the quality of life of their patients. They might, for example, fail to refer a patient to a specialist when needed or incorrectly prescribe the wrong medication to treat an ailment. In these circumstances like these, you may be eligible to bring a GP negligence compensation claim.
Bringing a claim for GP negligence
GPs see many patients each day and, in most cases, they provide an exceptionally high standard of care to those they serve. However, GPs are human like the rest of us and may sometimes make mistakes which lead to significant issues for their patient.
Scenarios where you may be able to bring a claim for GP negligence include:
- Failure by your doctor to diagnose your medical condition properly.
- Where your local healthcare provider has failed to provide an appointment to see a doctor quickly enough, resulting in the significant untreated worsening of your condition.
- Failure by your doctor to carry out enough testing to accurately diagnose your condition.
- Situations where you have been prescribed incorrect medication of treatment courses.
- Failure by your doctor to recognise common but serious issues, where an earlier diagnosis may have significantly extended your life or prevented a significant decline in your quality of life.
- Failure by your doctor to refer you to a specialist where it was needed.
- Failure by your doctor to attend home-visits, where required.
- Failure by your doctor to keep accurate records, resulting in the obscuring of important patient information that impedes diagnosis and treatment.
Of course, there may be many other valid scenarios where it is possible to report your GP for negligence and bring a claim against them. Speak to one of our specialist medical negligence solicitors today for further advice.
Some links relating to making a complaint about your GP that you may find useful.
- Health Complaints – GP Complaints
- Citizens Information – How to complain about medical professionals
- Medical Council – Making a complaint
About McCarthy + Co
With more than 30 years of experience in dealing with medical negligence cases, McCarthy + Co. has expertise in bringing successful claims against GPs and other negligent medical staff. We are a family-run business, who pride ourselves on offering honest, impartial, and helpful advice.
Our offices are based in Dublin and Cork, but we work with clients throughout Ireland in locations ranging from Galway to Waterford. You can count on us for legal advice, guidance, and assistance on any form of personal or medical injury.
If you have experienced poor medical care and you are considering suing your GP for negligence, get in contact with our specialist solicitors today to make a start on your claim or to gather more information. Call us on 1800 390 555 and an experienced member of staff will discuss your situation and potential next steps. You can also email on email@example.com and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
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