GP Misdiagnosis Claims
If you are incorrectly diagnosed by your GP or a diagnosis was missed, you could be in a position to make a GP negligence claim. At Hospital Negligence, we can provide support and guidance to give you the best possible chance of getting the outcome you deserve. This compensation can make a significant difference as you come to terms with an injury or illness that should have been avoidable.
If you have been a victim of medical negligence on the part of your GP, then phone Hospital Negligence on 0800 014 7481. Alternatively, fill in our online contact form and we will give you a call back to discuss matters in greater detail.
GP Misdiagnosis Definition
A GP misdiagnosis occurs where a general practitioner has failed to diagnose a condition. If this condition later causes a patient serious harm, there is the potential for a claim to be made.
A GP will often be your first port of call when you discover a medical problem, and you will likely place a lot of trust in your GP and expect him or her to accurately and correctly diagnose your ailment. However, this does not always happen, and the impact of your GP making an error can be huge.
Making a Claim
Although GPs are entrusted to look after the wellbeing of their patients - and are often the first medical expert you will see to discuss matters of personal health - they are not immune to making mistakes. By making such errors, GPs are failing in their duty of care to the patient, who may therefore be in a position to make a claim for compensation.
A GP misdiagnosis can come in the form of:
- Failure to correctly diagnose a condition or injury
- Failure to provide the correct treatment or medication
- A patient not being referred when there is a suggestion they may require further examination or treatment
- A failure to act on test results
Why a Medical Error Might Happen
Medical errors of this type can associated with many different factors, including:
- Inexperienced doctors and nurses
- Complex care cases
- The need for urgent care
- The implementation of new procedures
- The patient being very young or very old
Other Types of GP Negligence
In addition to misdiagnosis, there are numerous other claims that could be made against a GP who has failed in their duty to provide adequate care. These include:
- Incorrect treatment
- Delayed treatment
- Failure to diagnose
- Errors made regarding prescriptions
- Failure to refer to a specialist
Talk to Us
Although some instances of misdiagnosis relate to life-threatening illness, they do not necessarily need to in order to have serious implications for patients. If you feel that your health, or that of a loved one or friend, has suffered as a result of a GP misdiagnosis, you can call us free on 0800 014 7481 or complete our online enquiry form, which will enable us to give you a call back.