A GP will generally have a life-long and trusted relationship with the patient and is most often the doctor to whom a patient first attends in order to assess a problem.
A GP to assesses a wide variety of problems and based on their knowledge, skill and experience we rely upon them to decide whether it is necessary to refer a patient for specialist help. As with all areas of clinical negligence, delay or failure to refer can have devastating, long-lasting consequences for a patient and can unfortunately sometimes be catastrophic.
Examples of claims include:
- Failure to diagnose possible strokes/brain haemorrhages
- Failure to refer urgently, for example in the case of meningitis or cardiac arrest
- Failure to refer to a specialist for investigation or treatment
- Failure to consider results of investigations and act appropriately
We have a vast amount of experience representing individuals and families in claims involving negligence on the part of a GP.
Recent cases of note
- Settlement of €325,000 for woman who suffered undiagnosed appendicitis and subsequent rupture
- Novel nervous shock case: SH –v– General Practitioner