About GP Negligence Claims

Your GP is usually your first port of call when you don’t feel well. Most patients place ultimate trust in their GPs, and take their word for it, if they are reassured that there is nothing to worry about or that no tests that need to be done.

GPs have to cover a vast range of medical conditions. There is no doubt that GPs are under more pressure now than ever, with 10-minute slots for patient appointments, placing pressure on GPs to herd their patients in and out as quickly as possible. However, all GPs are still under a duty to always provide a reasonable standard of care to every patient.

There are countless GPs who provide really good (not just reasonable) care, but unfortunately there are always bad apples in every basket. Medical negligence claims are frequently brought against those GPs who fail to provide reasonable care resulting in the following:

  • Over-treatment.
  • Delay in diagnosis.
  • Failure to refer early enough (or at all) for further investigation.
  • Failure to examine a patient.
  • Failure to undertake basic tests (e.g. blood, urine tests).

Most patients receive reasonable care. Unfortunately, mistakes are made. We see shocking errors made by GP in our daily practice at Medical Solicitors. We have dealt with many cases against GPs.

Examples of the kind of issues we deal with are as follows:

  • A GP failing to examine a female patient, and the GP failed to make a referral to a gynaecologist, causing a long delay in diagnosis of vulval cancer. The delay directly led to the patient’s death. We are aware that another patient, under the same GP’s care, was not offered basic tests for his symptoms, as a result of which there was a delayed diagnosis of prostate cancer, and he has also died as a result.
  • A GP misdiagnosing a child with an infective brain abscess, as having a viral infection.
  • We have investigated various cases against GPs for prescribing psychiatric medications (such as benzodiazepines, for example, Diazepam, Oxazepam, Lorazepam, ) for too long, causing their patients to become addicted. Also, some GPs take patients off psychiatric medications too quickly, causing them to suffer from severe withdrawal reactions that mean the patient cannot cope with their daily life during their withdrawal.
  • A GP failing to refer a female, also a heavy smoker, with mouth ulcers, for further investigation, resulting in a long delay in diagnosis of mouth cancer. She now faces complex surgery, facial reconstruction, and a long rehabilitation process.
  • A GP misdiagnosing a female patient, who was suffering from acute appendicitis, despite three visits to the surgery. The 56-year-old lady died.
  • A GP misdiagnosing an infected lymph node in the groin, as a hernia. The male patient, in his 40s, ended up nearly losing his life, as the infection spread and he suffered from complications of a “flesh-eating bug”. He underwent surgery and intensive care and was left unable to work, permanently disabled and dependent upon his wife for care.

Do contact our friendly team of specialist lawyers at Medical Solicitors. We conduct most of our Clinical and Medical Negligence claims under ‘No Win, No Fee’ agreements, also known as Conditional Fee Agreements. So, our clients do not have to worry about how they can possibly afford to pay for the cost of GP negligence claims. You have nothing to lose in speaking to us.

Why Choose Us?

We’ve handled many different types of medical negligence cases and provided expert advice for over 30 years.

  • We offer FREE, no obligation legal advice all throughout
  • Our processes are hassle free & we handle all the paperwork
  • We won't charge you a penny until your case has been settled

Our GP negligence claims expert:

Matthew Brown

Director and Senior Chartered Legal Executive

How Medical Solicitors Can Help You

We have been supporting and winning compensation for our clients for over two decades. Operating throughout the UK, we have a team of 15 friendly staff, made up of qualified solicitors, legal executives, legal assistants and administrative staff who are here to listen and guide you through your clinical and medical negligence claim.
  • We offer FREE, no obligation advice

  • We can help determine if you have a claim

  • We help you get your claim started and guide you throughout

  • We offer help, advise, get answers and secure justice for our clients

  • We offer No Win, No Fee agreements

Want to learn more about how we can help you? Get in touch

What’s Our Process

Medical Solicitors operates very differently from most other law firms. We won’t ask you to sign a contract straight away. First, we will take the time to understand your case, gather information, advise on the way forward, and if we believe you have a claim, offer a No Win, No Fee agreement.
  • Talk to us

    A claim starts with a no-obligation chat. We want to understand your case and if we can help. This can be done by email or telephone whichever you prefer.
  • We Advise

    We will advise you on the way forward. Whether that is raising a complaint with the health provider initially, or proceeding straight to obtaining medical records.
  • We Investigate

    A senior member of our team will review your case and decide if we can further investigate your claim for you.
  • We Take Action

    If we believe there is a case to investigate. We will offer you a NO Win, No Fee agreement.
  • We Keep you Informed

    As we progress your claim, we will keep you informed every step of the way.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are our most frequently asked questions about gp negligence claim claims: