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How Much Compensation Can I Claim Against A Doctor Or GP Negligence?

By Stephen Hudson. Last Updated 29th June 2022. Welcome to our guide to claiming GP negligence compensation. Here, we explain how to report a negligent doctor ahead of GP negligence claims.

According to a 2021 survey conducted by the NHS, 83% of patients were pleased with their GP experience during this particular year. Of the 850,000 patients surveyed, 95.6% said they had confidence and trust in their healthcare professional.

As it stands, a person’s GP (general practitioner) is usually trustworthy and greatly appreciated. However, there are instances when an accident occurs. If you have suffered an injury as the result of a medical accident or complication, then it might be that your GP acted negligently. In cases such as these, you could potentially claim GP negligence compensation.

Significantly, 45.8% of patients have a GP they prefer to see, which indicates how much we value a good, conscientious doctor. Negligence from healthcare professionals can lead to a worsening of an existing condition or can even cause new, more problematic conditions. It can even result in death.

Whether a GP has provided an incorrect diagnosis or has prescribed the wrong medication, negligence can be damaging. They could have also failed to act on test results in the correct way or failed to refer a patient to the correct specialist. Errors like this can harm your health, your home life and your finances.

How do I know if I have a claim for GP negligence?

Given the rules and regulations which govern medical care, you may find yourself asking, ‘do I have grounds to make GP negligence claims?’. And also, what amount of compensation is achievable? Trying to determine the answer to these questions is tough. As you will see in this guide, there are many factors you must take into account. However, if your GP has acted negligently, you may be entitled to compensation on a No Win No Fee basis.

We work with a panel of medical negligence solicitors (authorised and regulated by the solicitors regulation authority) to help you claim the compensation you deserve. For a consultation about your case and free legal advice, you can contact us today:

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A Guide to Doctor and GP Negligence Claims

The purpose of this guide is to provide you with an insight into the compensation claims process. Becoming embroiled in a compensation claim can be a stressful, confusing time, especially for those already suffering due to their injuries. As such, this GP negligence compensation guide provides a quick introduction to the process and how it can benefit you.

In this guide, we will examine the varying definitions of GP negligence claims, the length of time such a claim can take to complete, how to find the right law firm, and potential GP negligence payouts.

While your case will have its own unique considerations, the guide is designed to provide information for those who believe they might have a claim, pointing you towards the next step towards winning the maximum compensation you deserve. Furthermore, we also note how to report a negligent doctor and explain the benefits of making GP negligence claims on a No Win No Fee basis. 

What is a GP Negligence Claim?

GP negligence claims can be defined in a variety of ways. Generally, it pertains to situations in which a GP has failed in their duty of care. This concept will be explained later in the guide. However, once this is demonstrated in a legal environment, it can be proved that the GP has provided negligent treatment or substandard care. If this is the case, then the claim against the GP has a greater chance of being successful.

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Claim against a GP

Therefore, once you have demonstrated that your GP acted negligently and failed in their duty of care, you can attempt to win compensation.

This GP negligence compensation intends to address your losses. These losses can include demonstrable financial expenditures, such as medical treatment costs, travel costs, and lost wages. But it can also include more abstract damages, including compensation for the pain and suffering you have endured due to the negligence. With the correct legal assistance, you can ensure that a medical accident does not become too costly.

Time limits to consider

When making such a claim, there are several considerations you need to make. For instance, the GP negligence claims time limit is generally three years from the time of the accident. If the patient was under the age of 18 at the time of the accident, the time limit begins on their 18th birthday.

These rules apply by law due to the Limitation Act 1980. So consider if it has been more than three years since you were affected by an act of medical negligence. If it has, then you may, unfortunately, be unable to start a compensation claim.

Exceptions to the time limit and litigation friends

If a victim is currently a child, they will be unable to start their claim before they’re 18. However, there is the possibility that a personal injury claim can be started by someone else on behalf of a victim who is still currently a child. This representative looking to start the claim could serve as a litigation friend.

Their role will be to protect the interests of the injured party. If you wish to represent someone else as a litigation friend, you’ll need to be appointed by a court, which should happen as long as you are deemed suitable for the role. Usually, someone who serves as a litigation friend for a child is someone who is particularly close to that child, such as a parent or guardian.

So, when claiming for doctor negligence for someone under the age of 18, you have until the day of their 18th birthday to begin the claim. After they turn 18, they would have three years to claim and be expected to begin the process themselves. 

Another exception to this is if the injured party lacks the mental capacity to make decisions independently. If this is the case, the three-year time limit for GP negligence claims does not apply. 

However, suppose the victim later regains enough mental capacity to act as an independent person. In that case, the three-year time limit will activate from the moment this occurs (assuming, of course, that the victim is 18 or over). While a victim still lacks the mental capacity to make decisions independently, a claim could potentially be started on their behalf with the help of a litigation friend.

Can I Sue My Doctor For Negligence?

You may be wondering, “Can I Sue My Doctor For Negligence?” As well as time limits, you should consider the evidence you can provide in support of your claim.  This can include medical reports, a list of treatments you were provided and a record of how the negligence has negatively impacted you.

Additionally, you can consider which law firm is best placed to help you. It’s important to note that you could claim alone, but we believe that having a legal professional by your side throughout the process can be beneficial. We will cover these issues (and more) in this GP negligence compensation guide.

General Practitioners’ Duty of Care

According to the National Health Service (NHS) Act 2006, General Practitioners owe their patients a duty of care. GPs are expected to provide skilled, reasonable care when administering treatments to patients.

This means that your GP must have the necessary educational and legal qualifications required to practice in the United Kingdom. Reasonable care means that your GP needs to exercise reasonable caution when diagnosing patients, giving advice, or administering treatments. Duty of care will likely play a large role in any compensation claim.

The foundation for GP negligence claims, as with claims against any medical or healthcare professional, revolves around their standard level of care. They need to adhere to this with every prescription, diagnosis and action that could affect your health. 

With that in mind, claiming revolves around proving that their actions went below this standard level. By doing this, you could receive compensation by showing they didn’t adhere to a GP or doctor’s duty of care.

Is GP Negligence Common?

The NHS’s 2020/21 Resolutions Annual Report revealed that new clinical negligence claims increased by 9.75%. Strikingly, maternity claims costs account for around 70% of the cost of medical negligence cases are becoming increasingly common.

Additionally, GP negligence can manifest in several different ways. Keep this in mind as we explain how to report a negligent doctor. Cases can include (but are not limited to):

  • Misdiagnosis
  • Failure or delay in investigating symptoms, referring the patient to a specialist, or acting on test results.
  • Inappropriate or insufficient medicine prescriptions.
  • Failure to review medication.
  • Inadequate monitoring of illness.

Given the huge volume of patients requiring medical attention in UK hospitals every day, accidents and mistakes can occur. Added to that, they can be costly. At the same time, there is an increasing number of patients seeking private medical care or care for cosmetic issues. These cases can also be affected by negligence. If you believe that a case of GP negligence has harmed you, then you may be owed compensation.

Please get in touch with our specialist team about how to claim GP negligence compensation. If you want more information about making GP negligence claims, you can contact us for free legal advice using the above details.

What Different Reasons for Doctor and GP Negligence Claims are there?

With the human body prone to such a wide range of medical complaints and conditions, it should not be a surprise to note that cases resulting in GP negligence (or medical negligence in general) can involve many different circumstances. Among the most common GP negligence claims examples are:

  • Surgical Complications: While most GPs will not perform surgical procedures, they can prescribe and negligently advise on such matters. Should you suffer injuries due to a poorly performed surgery, the GP may be at fault.
  • Anaesthesia Mistakes: in a similar fashion to surgical complications, anaesthesia mistakes can result from negligence on the part of a GP. Failure to diagnose or note potential complications arising from anaesthesia can damage your health.
  • Cosmetic Procedure Errors: errors resulting from cosmetic surgeries are becoming increasingly common. Errors can result from misdiagnosis or bad advice, which could, in turn, result in you receiving compensation for a doctor or GP error
  • General Misdiagnosis: your GP is expected to issue a timely and correct diagnosis of your condition so that the illness can be treated before your health worsens. If they fail to do this due to negligence, and you can prove that their inaction worsened your condition, you may be able to make GP negligence claims. 
  • Care Negligence: If you or any of your loved ones live in a nursing home or assisted care facility and they sustain injuries due to improper care, you can also make a compensation claim.

Essentially, a GP’s negligence can result in all manner of health-related accidents.

Are There Different Types of GP Negligence Claims?

While each compensation claim can have its unique qualities and considerations, it can be possible to group the majority of claims into three broad categories. These three categories are:

  • Contributory Negligence: in cases of contributory negligence, it is decided that the patient’s action or inaction was a contributing factor to their health concerns. If, for instance, a GP prescribed medicine but the patient failed to administer it, the patient will be deemed responsible. As such, no compensation is likely to be awarded.
  • Vicarious Liability: vicarious liability claims refer to a situation in which you choose to make claims against the organisation responsible for employing and managing the defendant. Their management of the medical practitioner may be seen as a contributory factor to your injury. For instance, GP claims against the NHS can be categorised as vicarious liability claims.
  • Gross Negligence: Given that doctors, GPs, and other medical staff must prioritise their patients’ health, cases of gross negligence involve the defendant disregarding this completely. In addition to compensation claims, all gross negligence cases are typically taken to court, and guilty parties can have their medical licences revoked.

Depending on the circumstances of your GP negligence compensation claim, our experts will be able to tell you if your claim matches closely with any of the main three categories when dealing with potential GP negligence claims. Furthermore, we will also show how you can report a negligent doctor.

What to do if you have been a Victim of Doctor or GP Negligence?

If you have been the victim of GP negligence, there are several steps that you can take to potentially give you a better chance of receiving compensation. In GP negligence claims, the onus is on you, as the claimant, to prove that you were negatively impacted by their negligence. In situations such as this, we advise that you:

  • Gather Your Evidence: records are very important. Any statements, prescriptions, notes, and letters issued by your doctor, GP or medical practitioner can be important.
  • Get a Medical Assessment: there are two reasons for this. The first is to ensure that you are not currently being mistreated. Seeking advice from a different doctor or GP can help restore your health. Secondly, seeking this advice can allow you to determine the long-term health implications of the GP negligence as well as corroborate any potential claim you might have.
  • Find a Law Firm: Given any potential lawsuit’s complexity, having legal representation can be essential. If you speak to our team, we can arrange for you to have a medical assessment with a local doctor. Likewise, we can offer a free consultation session to go over your case.

Should you decide to move forward with a claim, we can act as your proxy. This can mean dealing with the organisation or GP in question, filing the correct paperwork, and handling the claims process on your behalf.

Claiming for GP Negligence for another Person

In cases in which GP negligence leads to the death of a loved one or when the person(s) affected is unable to claim compensation, a third party can do so on their behalf.

If you can prove the GP’s negligence and are either a parent, spouse or civil partner, you can claim what is known as a bereavement award. This is claimed through the deceased party’s estate and currently stands at £15,120. In addition, it is possible to claim funeral costs and compensation for pain and suffering that the deceased person might have endured.

Now, in the cases of parents claiming deceased children, they may do so, providing that the child was below 18 years of age. When a civil partner or spouse is financially dependent on the deceased, it is also possible to make a dependency claim and ensure that the family does not suffer financially due to GP negligence.

How to Begin a Doctor GP Negligence Claim

The easiest, quickest way of launching GP negligence claims is to hire a legal professional. If you call our offices, for example, we get started by arranging for you to participate in a free, no obligations consultation session. The purpose of this consultation is to provide you with an expert opinion as to the merits of your GP negligence compensation claim. We’ll examine any evidence you can provide and discuss the matter in great detail with you. In making GP negligence claims, there are three factors to take into consideration. You should be able to prove that:

  • A duty of care was owed.
  • That the GP failed in their duty of care.
  • You suffered harm as a direct result of this failure.

If we believe you have a viable claim, we can provide complete guidance on the next step following the consultation session. We can provide fact-finding to gather further evidence, a medical assessment with a local doctor, and discuss how our ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement could help you. All of this is part of the process of how to report a negligent doctor.

What can you include in GP Negligence Claims?

If you consider a compensation claim for GP negligence, you might be interested in knowing exactly what damages you can recover. It is not only the health concerns themselves which are compensated. You can seek compensation in the form of:

  • General damages: these relate to the pain and suffering which you may have endured. It can also include the impact on your day-to-day life and losses to your reputation.
  • Care claim: if your personal injury or health concerns have required hiring a nurse or personal carer, then the costs can be compensated following a successful claim.
  • Loss of earnings: if you have been forced to take time away from work, any earnings you have lost will be factored into the settlement. Additionally, it can be possible to claim the loss of future earnings in some cases.
  • Travel Expenses: This can include expenses from travelling back and forth from medical appointments, including fuel costs and train fare.
  • Medical Bills: Medical bills can include the need for specialist equipment, private treatment, or physiotherapy.

If you have suffered an injury due to a GP’s negligence, being able to claim back the above expenses through GP negligence claims can help restore the financial balance of your life.

GP Negligence Claims – Compensation Examples For 2022

Those who are eligible to start GP claims will likely have questions about how much compensation they could receive. To help provide some insight into this topic, we have included the below table to give some indication on potential payouts when making GP negligence claims. The table contains compensation brackets for different injuries you may suffer due to doctor negligence.

The brackets are based on the 16th (2022) edition of the Judicial College Guidelines. These brackets were created by the Judicial College by analysing payouts given for different injuries during past claims. Since each medical negligence claim is unique, these brackets are not guarantees of the payment you may receive but could at least offer a rough estimate.

Severe Leg InjuriesVery Serious£54,830 to £87,890This bracket covers injuries that cause permanent issues with mobility. Crutches or mobility aids will be required for the rest of the injured person’s life.
Severe Leg InjuriesSerious£39,200 to £54,830Compound or comminuted fractures of a serious nature. Issues such as extensive scarring or prolonged treatment will affect the injured person.
Severe Leg InjuriesModerate£27,760 to £39,200Complicated or multiple fractures affecting one limb or severe crushing injuries.
Knee InjurySevere£26,190 to £43,460Less severe and severe disability, including loss of function.
Knee InjuryModerateUp to £26,190Includes lacerations, dislocations and torn cartilage; can result in minor instability or other mild future disability.
Foot InjurySevere£41,970 to £70,030Fractures of both heels/feet or unusually severe injury to a single foot.
Foot InjuryModerate£13,740 to £24,990Displaced metatarsal fractures and continuing symptoms/deformity.
Foot InjuryModestUp to £13,740Minor damage to foot and simple fractures; pain as result of injury.
Ankle InjurySevere£31,310 to £50,060Significant affect on mobility and extensive treatment needed.
AchillesModerate£12,590 to £21,070Partial rupture or substantial injury to the tendon.

For those who have grounds to make GP negligence claims, you can contact our advisors for a free eligibility assessment or claim estimate today.

How long does a GP Negligence Claim Take?

Depending on the nature and severity of your case, your claim is typically fought over many months. Due to the unique nature of every case, however, certain claims can take much longer. If you would like an estimate of the amount of time it might take to make a claim, you can call our offices and arrange for a free consultation session.

NHS GP Negligence Compensation Claims

The NHS is expected to provide routine screenings, prescriptions, treatment of mild or severe health conditions, surgeries, and end of life care to patients. Just like GPs, the NHS also owes patients a duty of care to exercise skill and caution when handling medical cases.

We have worked on many NHS GP negligence claims over the years. We have succeeded in helping our clients obtain compensation for NHS misdiagnosis, surgical negligence, errors in prescriptions, and incorrect medical advice.

A three-year statute of limitation on NHS GP negligence claims is standard in many compensation cases. The NHS also provides their own channel for complaints, offering procedures to provide you with a solution before resorting to legal action. However, the two are not mutually exclusive, and it is possible to hire legal assistance even after making a complaint that has not been resolved. Call us today to learn how to report a negligent doctor or make NHS GP negligence claims.

No Win No Fee GP Negligence Claims

Perhaps the most difficult part of making a compensation claim is dealing with the finances. In the aftermath of a health scare, trying to make GP negligence claims can seem like a tough battle. This is particularly true if you take time off work or purchase expensive medical equipment or hire private healthcare. Such accidents can cost you a lot of money, and hiring an expert legal team can be expensive.

This is why we offer a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement. The reason this can be more financially beneficial to you is that you would only have to pay your solicitor’s legal fees at the end of the claim. They would take a legally capped success fee out of your compensation once your claim has been successful.

There would also be no hidden costs or fees. This arrangement (also referred to as a Conditional Fee Agreement) can be a huge help when you’re seeking GP negligence compensation.

Why Choose Us as Your Claims Service for a GP Negligence Claim?

Picking the right law firm is important. You need to trust and rely on your medical negligence solicitor to win you compensation for hospital negligence. This is why so many clients turn to us.

We put the well-being of our clients first, making it our number one priority. We offer a free legal consultation to help guide you through the early stages of the process. Furthermore, our solicitors could arrange the independent medical assessment so that it’s local to you.

Additionally, using our No Win No Fee agreement could take some of the financial strain out of GP negligence claims.

If you want to take advantage of our years of legal experience, we’re only ever one phone call away. Thanks to our professional knowledge, you may find that fighting for compensation is much easier than you ever expected.

Call for Free Advice on GP Negligence Claims

If you would like to discuss a potential medical negligence claim, or have questions about GP negligence claims, you can either call 0800 073 8804 or contact us on our website. You can also contact us using the chat window on your screen. For experienced legal representation, get in touch today.

GP Negligence Compensation FAQs

How are payouts for GP claims calculated?

When making GP negligence claims, compensation can potentially be awarded under two heads of claim. They’re known as general damages and special damages.

General damages payments are valued in accordance with the harm you sustained due to the negligence of your doctor, and the level of pain and suffering that’s caused because of the harm suffered. Due to the different types of harm that can be sustained, the value of a general damages payment can fluctuate between claimants.

Special damages are for expenses that have been accrued by the claimant due to their injuries. Loss of earnings is a good example of this. In other words, if your income has been affected due to your injuries, then lost wages, can potentially be paid back to you in a special damages payment.

Additionally, it’s possible that you may have medical costs to cover. These may also be included in special damages. However, you must provide sufficient evidence of any financial losses when claiming them back.

If you wish to sue for medical negligence and associated injuries/illnesses, get in touch today. Our advisors are here and ready to help.

Can you sue a GP?

If a doctor is negligent, affecting your health, you could make a medical negligence claim. You’re welcome to contact us about GP negligence claims. And you can see if you could start such a claim if you’re affected by a doctor’s negligent behaviour.

How do I complain about a GP?

You can make a complaint through the NHS medical complaints procedure. But, if the results prove to be unsatisfactory and you’ve suffered medical negligence, you could consider making a claim.

What qualifies as medical negligence?

Medical negligence happens when a medical professional doesn’t provide a patient with the appropriate duty of care.

Can I take my GP to court?

Yes, you can, but only if there is clear evidence of your doctor causing either physical or psychological harm.

Can I sue my GP for misdiagnosis?

You can if there is sufficient proof that the diagnosis was incorrect.

Do the NHS settle out of court?

NHS Resolution can handle out-of-court settlements for GP negligence compensation claims.

Helpful Links

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Feedback and complaints about the NHS in England

Find out how to complain about an NHS doctor or GP on this NHS complaints procedure link.

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Every NHS organisation has a complaints procedure. To complain about an NHS service such as a hospital, GP or doctor, click this link to find out more.

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