If you have experienced poor treatment in a hospital or surgery run by the NHS, we can help you make a claim for medical negligence.
What is NHS or GP negligence?
Everyone should be able to feel safe when in the hands of a healthcare professional. We understand how distressing it can be to suffer negligence while under the care of your GP or an NHS centre of care.
Examples of negligence include:
This is where a patient’s illness is either mistaken for something else or missed entirely by GPs and other medical professionals. Misdiagnosis can be easily avoided, which makes it all the more difficult to deal with when it happens.
- A&E negligence:
This occurs when someone is sent to an A&E department and not given the correct treatment right away; they could be discharged too early, for example.
- Failure to report to a specialist:
GPs must report you to a specialist doctor at a hospital if you have a serious illness; not doing so could be harmful to your health and well-being.
- Pharmacy errors:
When an NHS pharmacist prescribes you the incorrect medication, or a dosage that’s too high or too low.
Although money may not be the first thing on your mind - you should make sure you recover as well as you possibly can first - you can claim based on how severe your case is, whatever financial losses have been incurred, and how long recovery is expected to take. The most severe cases of NHS negligence can see awards upwards of £100,000 in compensation.
How long do I have to claim?
If you wish to make a claim, it should be done soon after you gained knowledge of the NHS or GP negligence that you or a loved one has suffered. We at First4Lawyers understand that this will be a distressing time for you, and our expert solicitors will handle your case with the level of sensitivity that is required.
I’ve been a victim of NHS or GP negligence. What should I do?
If you have concerns about an NHS treatment or service you’ve experienced, you can file a letter of complaint. This includes treatment funded by the NHS at a private hospital.
A letter of complaint isn’t the same as making a medical negligence claim, but, it could be used as part of your case if you want to claim.
You should consider making a claim for compensation with First4Lawyers. Our team of expert solicitors will help to take the stress out of making a claim, and do all the legwork for you, so you can have peace of mind during this difficult time.