How the UK tort law helps you with GP medical negligence injuries?
The article discusses about claiming your general physicians for their medical negligence. Moreover, it also addresses the relevant misconceptions and legal boundaries to claim compensations in such instances.
General practitioners, that everybody visits at least once a month or year, are most trusted and consulted medical professionals. People normally rely on their GP’s for the health of their entire family. Have you ever thought of making claim against your physician for medical negligence? It is not beyond question; a GP is after all a human and can fall into errors during his practice making his patients suffer unnecessarily. As compared to other medical professionals, general physician has wider field of responsibility, hence he must abide by the guidelines stipulated by NHS, ‘Department of Health’ and NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence). These defined guidelines are in line with expected medical standards, and any defiance from them allows you to claim against your physician for medical negligence.
There are mainly two types of malpractices encompassing physician’s negligence: inaction, which means failure in taking required action; or a wrong action that results in some sort of undue harms to patient.Some common conditions where you can file a medical negligence claim against a GP include: a wrongful or incorrect diagnosis, failure in informing the patient about his illness, failure in referring to patient’s complete medical records, wrong medicine prescription, failure in getting patient’s consent for treatment procedure used, delay in diagnosis or referral, misinterpretation of test reports etc. Apart from these scenarios, there might be various other cases where you may need to claim against your GP. Unfortunately, you cannot always immediately notice the repercussions of your physician’s medical negligence; thatis the reason law permits three year period during which legal action can be taken against your general physician.
GP’s have a fundamental role in National Health Service structure. They are taken as a free advice resource for the general health, and as experts for diagnosing and handling a compendium of health problems. You could not have imagined you might ever need to claim against your GP for medical negligence, but occasions are not unlikely when some simple mistakes on your physician’s part can lead to unexpected complications and injuries to you.If you see at the recent statistics provided by National Health Service information centre, you would come to know that almost 1562 patients are treated by one physician in UK. This figure alone is enough to indicate that enormous work pressure on shoulders of a GP – that is the pressure which makes them err and behoves you claiming against your doctor for medical negligence compensations. The long hours of work and stressful nature of the job can make even an experienced GP fallible. However, besides the work pressure some other factors might also contribute; it could be intentional malpractice or careless towards patients that results in patient’s injuries. So, it is also upon your awareness; you must be in cognizance of the care standards you should expect from a GP and about what allows you to initiate medical negligence litigation.
Whenever you are confronted with a situation where you have to raise your voice through a legal medical negligence claim, you first need to convince your lawyer about the veracity of your claim. You must possess all of your medical records that can support the claim against your GP for negligence – there must be clear evidences about how a GP has failed in his duty of medical care towards a patient, and how this negligence has inflicted preventable injuries on the patient. If you lawyer evaluates your case to be valid, he will proceed with it formally. Do not worry about legal fee; you can freely claim for medical negligence compensation - no win no fee claim facility is provided at all law firms.