GPs are our first port of call when it comes to healthcare in the UK. When we go to see our GP we put our health in their hands and trust what they say to be correct. Unfortunately, mistakes do happen and consequences ensue.
It is a GP’s responsibility to identify any potential health issues that we may be suffering from, be that from a simple cold to a serious terminal illness, and then provide the correct treatment or referrals to deal with it. Usually, our doctors provide fantastic care and support, diagnose conditions and treat them effectively. There are, however occasions where GPs misdiagnose or fail to diagnose a condition and this can have devastating repercussions.
If a condition is misdiagnosed this can have a significant and detrimental effect upon a person’s health. This can cause a delay to the treatment actually needed, it could mean an incorrect treatment path is followed, it could reduce the chances of recovery and it could cause other medical conditions.
Do I have a claim?
Your GP has a duty of care to provide a reasonable standard of care to all patients. If this standard is not met and negative implications arise, then you may have a claim for medical negligence. It is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible if you have concerns about the medical treatment you have received.
How can Davies and Partners help?
At Davies and Partners, we have a team of specialist medical negligence solicitors who have years of experience in representing clients who have suffered complications resulting from a misdiagnosis by their GP.
Contact us today for a free initial consultation with one of our misdiagnosis experts and find out how our team can help you to pursue a successful claim.
See below some examples of cases that our team has dealt with involving either misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose:
- Failure to diagnose and treat dislocated hip following total hip replacement
- Unnecessary surgery following mis-diagnosis of breast cancer
- Negligent failure by General Practitioner and hospital to diagnose and treat a spinal abscess leading to significant spinal cord injury
- Failure by General Practitioner to diagnose infective endocarditis leading to a stroke
- General Practitioner’s failure to diagnose breast cancer