GP’s are generally the first point of contact that patients have with the health system. When a patient presents themselves to their GP they rely upon the GP to decide whether it is necessary to refer them for specialist treatment. It is their role to spot symptoms of disease and then make the correct decisions as to whether and how a patient should be further assessed and treated. As with all clinical negligence a delay or indeed a failure to diagnose and/or refer a patient can have catastrophic consequences for the patient.
To bring a claim for GP medical negligence you must show that the standard of care received fell below that of a competent GP and that the negligence complained of caused the injury.
Tiernan & Company Solicitors have successfully pursued a wide variety of cases involving trauma and injuries following medical negligence by a General Practitioner. Our medical negligence team is headed by Mark Tiernan solicitor, who has over 30 years’ experience in these matters.
If you require further information on making a claim caused due to GP medical negligence please contact Mark Tiernan on 01 6622 822 or email firstname.lastname@example.org in confidence.
If you wish to bring a claim for GP negligence then it will be necessary to collate all relevant medical records and send them to an independent expert who will provide an opinion where appropriate that the medical care received was below a reasonable standard resulting in injury or loss. In the event that there is a case then we would pursue a case for medical negligence and seek compensation for:
Special damages comprise of expenses including but not limited to all costs of care and future treatment and any loss of earnings that you may or will suffer as a result of the cancer. The cost of any care needs into the future will also be ascertained and these will also be claimed in addition.
The Statute of Limitations for bringing a case for medical negligence is 2 years from the date of the alleged negligence. However under the legislation this Statute may be extended to two years from when you knew or ought to have known that there was negligence. “Knew or ought to have known there was negligence” is an interesting concept when it comes to medical negligence as often we would argue that it is really not until we get an expert report that we definitively know that there is negligence. However it could also be argued that the time begins to run from when the client has a suspicion that there is negligence and contacts a solicitor.
If you wish to contact Tiernan & Company Solicitors please contact Mark Tiernan on (01) 6622822
We attend on our General Practitioners regularly throughout are lives and they assesses a wide variety of problems and we rely on their knowledge, skills and experience to decide what the necessary treatment is and if any referrals should be made.
Unfortunately, delay or failure to diagnose and/or refer a patient can have devastating long term and even life- changing consequences for a person.
Below are the different types of G.P. Negligence claims:-
Your GP should also explain to you the associated risks and/or side-effects of failing to take immediate action as it relates to medical treatment and procedures. Furthermore, failing to explain the risk involved in having a medical treatment or procedure that then leads to further injury or damage may also, depending on the circumstances, constitute medical negligence.
A claim for G.P. negligence must show that your G.P. did not have the skill or was not able to demonstrate skill in diagnosing your symptoms at the time and in the circumstances that the examination took place. Also, it will have to be established that had you been referred to a specialist that the specialist would have been able to identify your symptoms and that therefore treatment would have then been afforded to you. Finally, it must be shown that due to this failure to diagnose and/or refer, you suffered an avoidable deterioration of a physical condition and that this deterioration is quantifiable.
At Tiernan Solicitors we pride ourselves on our straight forward and down to earth approach and we understand the vulnerable position that people may find themselves when their health is suffering. To avoid any further emotional distress and to alleviate any financial worries, we will immediately take the following steps at the beginning of all G.P. negligence cases to see if we can establish whether or not there is a valid case.
From there we can move forward with your case while you focus on your physical and mental recovery.
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