Busy doctors may occasionally make mistakes – and when they do, it is only natural to feel a degree of sympathy towards them.
But they owe those they treat a duty of care and if they act negligently and fail to reach the required standards, the patients affected have a right to seek damages.
It is also important to remember that doctors are insured – and by making a claim a patient could receive the necessary financial help to deal with the consequences of an error, as well as providing closure and helping to ensure the same mistake isn’t repeated.
In a recent case, a girl who was left severely disabled by a family GP’s misdiagnosis of meningitis won more than £4.5 million from his professional insurers.
The girl was just 15 months old when the GP diagnosed the potentially fatal bug as an ear infection and failed to refer her immediately to hospital.
Her lawyers blamed the resulting delay in treatment for the brain damage she suffered. Although able to walk independently, she suffered visual, hearing, speech and cognitive impairments and will require 24-hour care for the rest of her life.
While the GP’s liability was disputed, his insurers agreed to settle the girl’s case on the basis of two thirds of the full value of her claim. She has a life expectancy of 83 and the lump sum payment will be used to fund suitable housing, equipment and professional care for as long as she lives.
The girl’s parents received £120,000 of the total as compensation for the care they have given her.
How can Gotelee Solicitors help?
Gotelee has a wealth of experience in this area and can advise you whether or not you have the basis of a claim.
If you do, we can support you through the process at any of our offices in Ipswich, Hadleigh, Felixstowe, Woodbridge or Melton.
To find out more, call us on 01473 298125.