GP Negligence Compensation Claim

Am I entitled to make a GP negligence compensation claim if my doctor misdiagnosed my spleen condition? Fortunately, another doctor caught the error in time, so no serious harm was done.

Unfortunately, a GP negligence compensation claim may only be made if you have suffered an actual injury due to the misdiagnosis of the first doctor you saw. While negligence on the part of a doctor may be very distressing, an injury claim is only intended to address actual harm — physical and/or psychological — resulting from clinical negligence. If you have not suffered an actual injury, your claim for GP negligence compensation would not be viable. What you may do instead is make a complaint to the Practice Manager against the GP in question, outlining the particulars of what happened.

GP Negligence Compensation ClaimHowever, had you suffered an injury as a result of the misdiagnosis you received, you would be entitled to make a GP negligence compensation claim.

In those circumstances, a GP negligence compensation claim would seek to prove that on the “balance of probabilities” the care you received was substandard (i.e. negligent) as determined by expert medical opinion. Once negligence is established, your injury must also be shown to have resulted from the misdiagnosis you received as opposed to the natural progression of your condition.

Had you been injured as a direct result of the misdiagnosis you received in such a way that your condition deteriorated or another form of harm was done (such as an unnecessary medical procedure was performed), speaking with a personal injury solicitor about your situation would be recommended.

Since the majority of cases involving clinical negligence have a strict time limit within which a claim for GP negligence compensation must be made, getting the advice of an experienced personal injury solicitor who is familiar with medical negligence cases at the earliest possible opportunity may be invaluable.