General practitioners (GPs) treat all common medical conditions and have an obligation to refer patients to hospitals and other medical services for urgent and specialist treatment when necessary. GPs also have an obligation to refer the patient for further investigations to confirm a diagnosis or as part of an on-going management plan. These can include x-rays, blood tests or a referral for a second opinion. GPs should spot “red flag” symptoms, which might indicate a serious problem requiring further investigation and which needs to be acted on promptly.
You may have been injured as a result of a GP’s failure to recognise or act upon your symptoms, refer you for further investigations or treatment. In some cases, if a symptom is not picked up and treated quickly it can lead to catastrophic injury resulting in significant disabilities.
You may therefore bring a claim for clinical negligence against your GP for the delay or failure to refer you for further investigations such as blood tests and x-rays or specialist treatment such as a referral to a consultant. You may also bring a claim for clinical negligence against your GP for the failure to treat you.
Our experienced team of Clinical Negligence solicitors have dealt with a variety of claims against GPs. If you feel that you have been affected by any of the above you will need an experienced solicitor to advise and guide you through your case. This is where we are able to help. Contact a member of our team today for an initial no cost, no obligation assessment of your case.