Suing the NHS for Medical Negligence

There is no question that general practice is the bedrock of the NHS and many GPs enjoy the respect and trust of their patients. We realise that this can make it difficult for people to claim negligence against a doctor who, in many cases, has treated them and their family members for generations. However, given their increasing work load, GPs sometimes make mistakes that can lead to the serious physical and psychological detriment of the patient.

In reality, you’re not suing the doctor personally, you’re suing the NHS. Thinking of it this way can often help you feel more confident.

A General Practitioner (G.P.) medical negligence case success story

Mr C developed sudden intense headaches associated with confusion. He was seen by his GP who thought it was a migraine. He was later admitted to hospital where bleeding in the brain was diagnosed. Mr C was dangerously ill although he survived. He then developed a mental handicap which required him to be cared for by his wife.

Legal Aid was granted and supportive expert opinion was obtained from an expert in general practice and neurology. The claim was denied and proceedings were commenced in Court. Sadly Mr C later died of unrelated causes. The claim was pursued on behalf of his estate and settlement was achieved. His wife was consoled by the fact that justice was done. She commented “I can now look forward to the future and put my life and my son’s life in order”.

Compensation Awarded for Lithium Toxicity Case

We acted for a client after a catalogue of errors and failure to recognise the signs of raised lithium levels resulted in chronic lithium toxicity and irreversible brain injuries.

Steve Berry, from Shaw, suffered significant neurological damage as a result of the failure to provide appropriate treatment and is now confined to a wheelchair.

Pearson Solicitors, who acted for Mr Berry, said a series of mismanaged hospital visits and a lack of testing resulted in raised lithium levels, which in time became toxic leading to life changing disability.

His award represents a future life time of care and the adaptions he and his family will have to make to their lives.

The claim was brought against his GP, the Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust and the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and recognises a breach of duty of care and causation.

Compensation means a lifetime of care.  It’s not just about compensation it’s about looking after a client when he needs you the most.  

How to claim if you feel you have been the victim of medical negligence

Call us in confidence on 0161 785 3500 for a friendly chat with our in house nurse adviser.  Or email matthew.cox@pearsonlegal.co.uk

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