GP claim

GP claim

The role of a general practitioner (GP) is varied and includes indentifying and treating medical conditions as well as identifying when you need referring to a specialist. Injury and unnecessary suffering can stem from a failure to identify the seriousness of an illness or failure to refer a patient to a specialist in a timely manner.

Making a complaint

You can make a complaint to your GP surgery under the NHS complaints procedure by writing a letter to them explaining what has happened. However, please note that compensation cannot be recovered through the complaints process. You should receive an explanation for the treatment that has been provided, and your concerns should be addressed. You may be offered an apology or a meeting at the surgery to discuss your complaint further. You should make a complaint within 12 months of your injury (although the surgery may still consider it after this time). You can bring a complaint and investigate a claim for compensation with a lawyer at the same time.

Should you suffer an injury whilst being treated by a private GP, they should have a complaints process that is similar to the NHS scheme. You should ask them for details of their complaints process.

Types of claim relating to GP treatment

Claiming compensation for GP negligence

If you believe that your GP has provided substandard treatment and you have consequently suffered an injury, you may be entitled to compensation. To discuss this, please contact one of the specialist medical negligence lawyers listed on this page, who will be able to advise you on your options.

Specialist GP lawyers

Mark GuyGADSBY WICKSChelmsfordSenior Litigator
Elizabeth SmithWOLFERSTANSPlymouthSenior Litigator
Tony MayCHADWICK LAWRENCE LLPHuddersfieldSenior Litigator
Julie HardyBARRATTS SOLICITORSNottinghamSenior Litigator
Paul BalenFREETHS LLPNottinghamSenior Fellow
Gillian GadsbyGADSBY WICKSChelmsfordSenior Litigator
Mike BirdENABLE LAWTruroSenior Litigator
Liz OatenIACOPI PALMER SOLICITORS LLPGloucesterSenior Litigator
George OwensNALDERSSt AustellSenior Litigator
Chris MoffatGOTELEE SOLICITORSIpswichSenior Litigator
Emma ZukowskaBARRATTS SOLICITORSNottinghamSenior Litigator
Tami FrankelGADSBY WICKSChelmsfordSenior Litigator
Brenda GilliganLincolnSenior Litigator
Simon ParfordWOLFERSTANSPlymouthFellow
Suzanne TraskBOLT BURDON KEMPLondonSenior Litigator
Angelina RigbyNEWLAW SOLICITORSCardiffSenior Litigator
Barry BayleyWOLFERSTANSPlymouthSenior Litigator
Philippa LuscombePENNINGTONS MANCHES LLPGuildfordSenior Litigator
Ann LoganBALFOUR+MANSON LLPEdinburghSenior Litigator
Robert AntrobusENABLE LAWPlymouthSenior Litigator
Fran PollardGADSBY WICKSChelmsfordSenior Litigator
Margaret Bailey-TsavalasWHITESTONE SOLICITORSRochdaleFellow
Paul TaylorTEES LAW LTDCambridgeSenior Litigator
Jane CanningGADSBY WICKSChelmsfordSenior Litigator
Fiona FollisTHOMSON SNELL & PASSMORE LLPTunbridge WellsSenior Litigator
Julie GraystonGRAYSTONS SOLICITORS LTDBebington, WirralSenior Litigator
Kathryn TurnerSTERNBERG REEDBarkingSenior Litigator
Rachel PearceCOODES LLPFalmouthSenior Litigator
Graham BellTHOMSON SNELL & PASSMORE LLPTunbridge WellsFellow
Alan MendhamGADSBY WICKSChelmsfordSenior Litigator
John McQuaterATHERTON GODFREYDoncasterSenior Fellow
Brian OwensFDR LAWWarringtonSenior Litigator
Ken ThomasHARDING EVANS LLPNewportSenior Litigator
Richard BarrSCOTT-MONCRIEFF & ASSOCIATES LTDLondonSenior Litigator