GP Negligence

Expert GP Negligence Solicitors

GP negligence has far-reaching consequences for a patient’s well-being and health outcomes. GPs support a diverse range of patients and symptoms in their day-to-day work and unfortunately, sometimes they can make mistakes. If you or a loved one feel you have suffered as a result of GP Negligence, our team of trusted medical negligence solicitors can provide you with expert advice about your legal options.

What is GP Negligence?

GP negligence can happen when a GP fails to meet the expected standard of care, resulting in harm or injury to their patients. GP negligence can have significant effects on the physical health of patients and result in poorer outcomes and additional complications.

It can also affect patients’ emotional well-being with heightened levels of stress, anxiety, and psychological distress. Their experience can also erode their trust in the healthcare system, undermining their confidence in the abilities of medical professionals.

What are some examples of GP Negligence?

GP negligence covers a wide array of scenarios, given the diverse responsibilities they have and the number of patients with varying symptoms they treat. Some typical examples of GP negligence include:

  • Neglecting to thoroughly investigate a patient’s symptoms, potentially overlooking crucial signs of underlying conditions.
  • Misdiagnosing or failing to accurately diagnose a patient’s medical condition, leading to delays in appropriate treatment.
  • Neglecting to refer a patient to a specialist for further examination or treatment.
  • Failing to conduct home visits for patients unable to travel, preventing them from receiving the medical attention they need.
  • Inadequately addressing test results that indicate necessary treatment for a patient’s condition.
  • Maintaining poor or incomplete medical records, compromising the continuity and quality of patient care.
  • Prescribing the wrong medicine or dosages, risking patient safety and well-being.
  • Withholding crucial information from patients that is revealed during diagnostic tests.
  • Failing to review a patient’s medication regimen, potentially resulting in adverse drug interactions or ineffective treatment.

About Gibson & Associates LLP

Trusted Medical Negligence Solicitors

Gibson & Associates LLP is a nationwide law firm that strives to achieve the very best outcome for our clients. With the resources and legal expertise of a large firm, we are passionate about providing the compassionate and personal approach of a smaller firm, to ensure our clients feel wholly supported at every step of their case.

Our specialist medical negligence solicitors understand the challenges patients face when affected by GP negligence, and the stress that can accompany making a claim for financial compensation. That’s why we are dedicated to simplifying the process and managing your case on your behalf.

Wherever you are in Ireland, Gibson & Associates LLP is here to support you. For a confidential discussion about your case, please don’t hesitate to contact our team at 01 264 5555.

The impact of GP Negligence

The impact of GP negligence can leave lasting effects on the health and well-being of patients. From missed diagnoses to poorly kept medical records, GP negligence can significantly impact a patient’s prognosis and health outcomes.
For example:

Failure to Thoroughly Investigate Symptoms
When GPs neglect to conduct a comprehensive assessment of a patient’s symptoms, crucial signs of underlying conditions may go unnoticed. This oversight can lead to delayed diagnosis and treatment, potentially worsening the patient’s condition and affecting their long-term health outcomes.

Misdiagnosis or Inaccurate Diagnosis
Misdiagnosis or failure to accurately diagnose a patient’s condition can result in delayed treatment or in some cases, the wrong type of treatment being delivered. This can lead to complications and impact the patient’s quality of life. In severe cases, it may even jeopardise their chances of recovery.

Failure to Refer to Specialist
Neglecting to refer a patient to a specialist deprives them of targeted care and interventions that could be crucial for their health outcomes. They can also experience prolonged suffering, deterioration of their condition, and missed opportunities for effective management of their condition or a cure.

Neglecting Home Visits
Failure to attend home visits for patients unable to travel can deprive them of essential medical attention. This neglect can result in unmanaged symptoms, worsening health conditions, and heightened feelings of vulnerability and isolation for patients who rely on home-based care.

Ignoring or Inadequately Addressing Test Results
When GPs fail to act on test results that indicate the need for a specific treatment, it can lead to the patient’s deterioration, an increase in complications, and even impact the effectiveness of any future treatment.

Poor Record Keeping
Proper maintenance of a patient’s medical records is crucial to the continuity and quality of their care. Without accurate record keeping, GPs can become confused and make errors, from incorrect diagnoses and treatment to follow-up.

The Wrong Medication
When a GP prescribes the wrong medication or dosage, it can pose a serious risk to patient safety and well-being. Patients can experience adverse reactions and their condition can get worse, leading to prolonged suffering, hospitalisations, or even life-threatening complications.

Neglecting to Inform Patients of Test Findings
Failure to inform patients of the issues revealed during diagnostic tests deprives them of essential information that helps them to make decisions about treatment and management of their condition. Transparency is vitally important in the GP-patient relationship and a lack of it can erode trust and also lead to delays in treatments or interventions.

Failure to Review Medications
When a GP fails to review a patient’s medication regimen it can result in adverse drug interactions, ineffective treatment, or medication errors. Patients can experience unnecessary side effects, treatment failures, or worsening of their condition.

The role of the Irish College of General Practitioners

The Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) has played a pivotal role in establishing and upholding the standards of practice expected from GPs since its inception in 1984.

Together with the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA), the ICGP strives to ensure that Ireland maintains high standards of healthcare delivery by providing clear guidance and standards that GPs must adhere to. By setting and enforcing these standards, the ICGP and HIQA aim to uphold GPs as crucial providers of safe and quality care within the primary care setting.

How to prove GP Negligence

To establish a claim for GP negligence, you must be able to show that the standard of care you received from your GP fell below the standard expected from a competent GP or healthcare professional. Negligence often arises from a breach of duty of care, where the GP fails to uphold standards that ensure the health and safety of their patients.

If it can be proven that a GP or practice has failed to fulfil this duty of care and a patient has suffered harm as a result, the patient may be eligible to make a claim for financial compensation.

How we support your claim for GP Negligence

Once your solicitor has gathered the information they need about your situation, you can then submit your claim. It is very important a solicitor that specialises in medical negligence files your claim.

Discuss your case with our Medical Negligence Solicitors

If you feel you didn’t receive the right treatment from a medical professional and it resulted in an injury or worsening of an illness, you need to consult a medical negligence solicitor immediately following the incident.

Under Irish law, filing a medical negligence claim can be complex.
It is important to discuss your claim with a specialist medical negligence solicitor before filing to ensure every detail of your case is thoroughly scrutinised.

Your claim could be delayed if you file it without consulting a solicitor first. You can find out about the time limit associated with your medical negligence claim with help from a solicitor.

Obtaining all relevant medical records before filing for a claim

A medical negligence claim must prove that your injury or worsened health outcomes were caused by the GP or practice providing your care. To help build your case, your solicitor will request access to your medical records and obtain any other relevant documents needed.

Obtaining Expert Report

Once your solicitor has compiled your medical reports, they will enlist a third-party medical expert to assess them. This assessment will determine whether your doctor or medical staff provided substandard medical care and if negligence applies. The assessment of your medical records needs to prove that if you had received the right medical care, the outcome of the error or mistake might have been avoided.

Letter of Claim

If the third-party medical expert determines that medical malpractice has occurred, your medical negligence solicitor will draft a Letter of Claim. The purpose of a Letter of Claim is to outline the nature of your case and to invite the medical practitioner to settle it and agree to financial compensation. The response to your Letter of Claim will determine whether your case will be brought to court or settled out of court. While this may sound daunting, your solicitor at Gibson & Associates LLP will be by your side to guide you through each step of the legal process.

At Gibson and Associates LLP, our dedicated medical negligence solicitors have years of experience handling GP negligence cases. We know how difficult it can be for patients who have experienced GP negligence, and we are dedicated to supporting you with a compassionate and personal service that helps relieve the stress and anxiety associated with making a claim for financial compensation. Our medical negligence solicitors will work with you to achieve the very best outcome possible for your GP negligence claim.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a time limit on making a claim?

In medical negligence cases, legal action must typically start within two years from when the patient became aware of the mistake or error. This is known as the ‘date of knowledge’, which is when the patient knew or should have known about the GP’s negligence.

If you have a child under 18 who has suffered from medical negligence, you can make a claim for financial compensation on their behalf. Alternatively, they can their own claim when they turn 18. Find out more about Child Injury Claims here.

What will compensation cover?

Compensation for GP negligence might cover medical expenses, lost wages, future medical bills, future lost earnings, and will take into account the impact of the negligence on the patient’s quality of life. Our experienced medical negligence solicitors assess each case thoroughly to determine an outcome that is in your best interests.

How do I access my medical records?

A copy of your medical records can be requested from the hospital, clinic, or medical professional that treated you under the Freedom of Information Act. Alternatively, we can arrange to obtain a copy of your records on your behalf; to do so, you will need to sign an authority form that gives us permission to obtain your records.