GP Medical Negligence Solicitors 

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Medical Negligence is a term to describe medical treatment that falls below the standard you might reasonably expect. It can seem daunting to begin the journey of finding out whether you have experienced it, but in reality it is quite simple to establish whether negligence has occurred.

General practitioners (GPs) and other healthcare professionals are often our first port of call when we’re unwell. A GP assesses a wide variety of issues and based on their knowledge, skill and experience a patient relies upon them to decide whether it is necessary to refer them for specialist help.  We expect our doctors to be able to diagnose and act on the symptoms of illness, but sometimes these signs are missed, with serious consequences.

Our medical negligence solicitors can help with a range of GP negligence claims, such as:

  • 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 take your medical history into account
  • Failure to conduct an adequate examination
  • Failure to diagnose a condition
  • Inappropriate prescribing

Any one of these errors can have a long-term impact on your wellbeing. GPs play such an important role in our health, so it’s vital that the consequences of any mistakes they make are recognised and learned from.

If you’ve suffered as a result of negligence, we have the expertise and experience to prove that your GP didn’t meet certain standards of care.

Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Medical Negligence?

Medical negligence is an act or omission by a health care provider which deviates from accepted standards of practice in the medical community and which causes injury to the patient. There are a number of ways that medical negligence can happen, such as misdiagnosis, incorrect treatment or surgical mistakes.

What is the first step to take when pursuing a medical negligence action?

Contact a Solicitor

The first step in making a medical negligence claim is to seek the assistance of a solicitor who specialises in this area of law who will provide support and guidance and help determine if you have suffered due to the negligence of a healthcare provider.

Medical Reports

It will be necessary for you to take up a copy of all medical records from your GP and any hospitals you have attended. Based on the medical expert’s opinion, your solicitor will prepare a medical report that details the extent of your injuries and the impact they have had on your life. This report will be used as evidence in your case.

Access your damages & Claims Letter

Expert consultants will help access your damages and your Solicitor will draft a letter of claim addressed to the involved parties. Special damages might include loss of earnings, both past and future, lost pension, the costs of care that you might need if you are severely injured, adaptations to your property to take account any loss of mobility, equipment, medical treatment and therapies, and any other financial losses which can be attributed to the negligence.

Settlement Negotiations 

Your solicitor will then begin the process of settlement negotiations. Based on the reply from the involved medical practitioners, the claim can be settled either in court or out of court.

Will I need to go to court?

It is impossible to say that any particular case will resolve without the necessity of a court hearing. Every case is prepared on the basis that it is proceeding to a full trial however there may be an opportunity for mediation or settlement out of court.

Is there a time limit for medical negligence claims?

The statute of limitations are the legal time limits on how long you have to make a claim. The general rule is that proceedings must be issued within two years of the date of the negligent act or two years from the date that you became aware that your illness or injuries caused by a third party.  It is vital that proceedings are issued in advance of your statute date.

Contact Sherwin O’ Riordan’s Medical Negligence Solicitors Today

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Sherwin O’ Riordan can be trusted to engage with you in a sensitive way and discuss the steps involved in straightforward terms. We have extensive experience in the field of medical negligence,
which will help you achieve the best possible settlement in or out of court. To speak to our compassionate team about making a claim, call us on +353 1 663 2000 .

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