GP negligence

We have considerable experience in cases involving General Practitioners, include failures to make appropriate referrals, failure to act upon symptoms of conditions such as cancer and prescription and medication errors.

How to prove medical negligence

It is not enough for there to have been simple error or mistake. We must prove that there have been failures in your care which no ordinarily competent GP would have made if acting with ordinary skill and care. We must then prove that these failures caused the injuries you suffered.

How we investigate your claim

We will take full details of what happened, where it took place, and when.  We will then obtain your medical records and instruct an appropriately qualified GP expert. This expert will then review your medical records and prepare a report addressing the treatment received in line the test for medical negligence. We have an excellent working relationship with medical professionals in a wide variety of disciplines to assist us.

There are legal rules about the timescale for making a legal claim. In terms of Scots law, the clock starts running from the date of the negligence taking place. If you are aged over 16 at the time of negligence, you have three years to raise a claim in court. The position involving injury to a child is different. A child generally has three years from their sixteenth birthday to commence a claim. The courts apply these time limits strictly but will make exceptions in some cases.

Funding your medical negligence claim

We offer a range of funding options, including Legal Aid in certain circumstances, which we can discuss with you.

Case study 1 

Our client repeatedly attended at her GP reporting increasingly severe leg and back pain. Her GP issued a number of prescriptions for strong pain medication but failed to arrange for any investigations of the source of the pain. Our client collapsed at home and was subsequently found to be suffering from meningitis. As a consequence of the meningitis, our client suffered a brain injury and profound deafness. We used our skill and expertise in this field to secure significant compensation for our client, to ensure that she could access the therapies and support she needs to adjust to her new life. On settlement, we provided extensive advice to the client about Personal Injury Trusts to ensure her money is properly protected for the future. This case was funded by Legal Aid.

Case study 2

We were instructed by a firm outside Edinburgh who had been acting for a family pursuing a claim on behalf of a lady who attended the GP out of hours’ clinic at the local hospital who was misdiagnosed. Sadly, she died a few days later and our expert investigations supported the claim that she should have been admitted to hospital and treated urgently for her condition, and that if she had, she would have lived. We secured substantial damages for her widower, adult children and grandchildren.

Call our medical negligence team directly on 0131 200 1358.

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