Making a personal injury claim for doctor negligence with Thompsons Solicitors

If you believe that you, or a loved one, has suffered an injury or detriment as a result of doctor negligence, Thompsons Solicitors’ specialist medical negligence lawyers can help determine whether you are entitled to make a medical negligence claim. Call 0800 0 224 224 today for a free, no obligation initial consultation or complete our quick, online Start a Claim form and we’ll get back in touch with you within 24 hours to discuss your medical negligence claim.

Every year, millions of people put their trust in doctors to help them when they’re feeling unwell or to put them in touch with specialists to provide medical treatment. The vast majority of UK doctors provide good care to their patients, but unfortunately mistakes can and do happen, which sometimes leads to serious consequences. 

Thompsons Solicitors has decades of experience in securing millions of pounds in compensation for people who have made medical negligence claims after suffering as a result of a failure to diagnose, a misdiagnosis, a delayed diagnosis, a prescription error, failure to refer (in time or at all) or incorrect treatment. By choosing Thompsons Solicitors to start your GP negligence claim, you can be assured that our compassionate medical negligence lawyers will go above and beyond to establish the facts of your claim and fight hard to secure the maximum amount of compensation. At the same time, we’ll ensure that you and your family have access to expert rehabilitation and support services.

Frequently asked questions about doctor negligence claims

1. What is doctor negligence?

If a doctor breaches their duty of care, which then leads to the avoidable suffering and harm of a patient, this is referred to as ‘doctor negligence’ or ‘GP negligence’. It is also a form of medical negligence.

2. Can I sue my doctor?

Yes. You can make a medical negligence claim with Thompsons Solicitors if it can be established that your doctor’s negligence was responsible for causing you injury, suffering and/or has made a pre-existing condition worse.

3. I have private healthcare and I’m not happy with the treatment I have received - can I still make a claim against my doctor?

Yes. You can make a doctor negligence claim against GPs who work for the NHS and private healthcare providers, as long as it can be proved that their negligence caused you injury, suffering and/or exacerbated pre-existing conditions.

4. What types of injuries can I make a doctor negligence claim for?

You can make a doctor negligence compensation claim for injuries and suffering caused by a number of things, including:

Prescription errors: You may be able to make a personal injury compensation claim if your GP gave you the wrong medication, which can have serious and even fatal consequences. Prescription error compensation claims can also include cases where people are on medicine for too long, receive an incorrect dosage, are allergic to the medicine or have received a combination of medicines that should not be used together.

Birth injuries: A birth injury compensation claim can be started if a doctor fails to diagnose serious conditions such as preeclampsia and maternal or gestational diabetes. If there is evidence that poor care during the delivery of a baby has led to conditions such as cerebral palsy, you may also be entitled to start a cerebral palsy compensation claim.

Misdiagnosis: There are two forms of medical misdiagnosis. The first occurs when a doctor fails to diagnose an illness or condition, and the other is when they make an incorrect diagnosis, meaning the subsequent treatment is wrong. In both cases, you may be able to make a medical negligence compensation claim for misdiagnosis against the GP or doctor who made the mistake.

5. Is there a time limit on starting a doctor negligence claim?

Yes. You have three years from the date you could have reasonably believed that your injury or illness was caused by a doctor’s negligence to begin a medical negligence claim. This means that if you have received care in the past that has been linked to doctor malpractice in the last three years, you can still make a doctor negligence claim for compensation.

There are very few exceptions to this rule, so get in touch with our medical negligence solicitors today to ensure you can start your claim in time.

6. Why should I choose Thompsons Solicitors to sue a doctor?

Over the past 90 years, Thompsons Solicitors has acted for hundreds of thousands of patients who have suffered personal injury or illness as a result of doctor malpractice, in both private healthcare settings and in the NHS, securing significant sums of medical negligence compensation in the process.

In more recent years, our medical negligence lawyers have represented almost 500 patients who were misdiagnosed or received negligent treatment from now-disgraced breast cancer surgeon, Ian Paterson.

You’ll struggle to find another UK law firm as committed to fighting for the rights of injured people as Thompsons Solicitors. We believe patient safety is and always should be paramount, and should never be a second priority after profits – that’s why we’re campaigning to guarantee that every patient, whether they are treated privately or by the NHS, will have the same opportunity for legal redress if they suffer a personal injury at the hands of a doctor. We believe that private healthcare firms must be held to the same standards of accountability and safety as the NHS. Find out more about our Patients before Profits campaign.

7. How can I fund my GP or doctor negligence claim?

The majority of the cases we run are ‘no win, no fee’ claims – otherwise known as a conditional fee agreement (CFA). This type of funding means you will not be charged if the personal injury compensation claim is unsuccessful.

If the case is successful, the majority of costs are paid by the insurer of the negligent doctor. Our payment from you is I the form of a success fee, which will be no more than 25 per cent of the total compensation secured, unlike many other law firms who then take much larger deductions.

If you are a trade union member, your membership entitles you to a free initial consultation with Thompsons Solicitors and special terms from there afterwards. Learn more about your union legal scheme and the options available to you here.

8. How long does a doctor negligence claim typically take to settle?

Medical negligence cases can be very complex and, depending on the severity of your injury, may take months sometimes years to settle. That’s why working with an expert – like Thompsons Solicitors – with a proven track record of success is so important. We have the skills and expertise to bring doctor negligence claims to a successful conclusion as swiftly as possible. 

9. How do I begin a doctor negligence claim with Thompsons Solicitors?

Thompsons Solicitors’ medical negligence lawyers are ready to help you make a doctor negligence claim today. If you think that you, or a loved one, has been injured due to doctor negligence, call us on 0800 0 224 224 for a free consultation. Alternatively, you can fill out our simple online Start a Claim form and we will get back in touch with you within 24 hours to discuss your medical negligence claim in more detail.