Success Stories for GP Negligence Claims

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Misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment

The Claimant was diagnosed with Behcets Disease in 1982. As a result he was prescribed a cytotoxic drug as treatment. The diagnosis of Behcets disease was not reviewed despite the Claimant failing to present with symptoms confirming the diagnosis. His medication was not properly monitored by the hospital nor his GP for 13 years and as a result he developed cancer and tragically died. The medical negligence claim was brought by his widow. Our medical negligence solicitors settled the case for £150,000.

Misdiagnosis of HIV positive

The Claimant underwent an HIV test and was informed that she was HIV positive. For 10 years she was monitored by doctors. On transfer to another doctor she was advised to undergo a further HIV test. The Claimant was re-tested and found to be HIV negative. She suffered trauma and distress for 10 years living with the belief that she was HIV positive. Additionally she failed to reach her true potential in her career due to psychiatric problems, as a result of believing that she was HIV positive. Her medical negligence claim was settled for £100,000.

GPs’ failure to refer meant above the knee amputation required

The Claimant, aged 34, had a history of unexplained thrombotic clots which required hospitalisation and treatment with anti clotting drugs. In November 2009 she visited her GP surgery as she was concerned that she was experiencing symptoms in her foot. Her GP failed to refer her to a vascular specialist despite her significant previous medical history and symptoms. The Claimant returned to her GP surgery in February 2010 and was seen by a second GP who also failed to refer her to a specialist despite her symptoms getting worse. This continued and the Claimant visited her GP Surgery a total of 5 times regarding this issue between November 2009 and March 2010 but not once was she referred to a vascular consultant despite the fact the Claimant was presenting with ‘red flag’ urgent referral symptoms. In March 2010 the Claimant was admitted into hospital after going to Accident and Emergency. The hospital staff tried to save the Claimant’s leg but unfortunately the vascular damage was irreversible and the Claimant needed to have an above the knee amputation a few days later.

Independent experts stated that had the Claimant been referred to hospital to see a specialist when she presented to her GP surgery in November 2009 and February 2010, she would have been put on Warfarin for the rest of her life, her clot would have been treated and her amputation could have been completely avoided.

As a result of her injuries, the claimant required a sophisticated leg prosthesis (initially a C-leg and subsequently a Genium X3); adaptations to be made to her home; professional carers; specialist equipment as well as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and psychological therapy.

Liability was admitted and following negotiations a life changing settlement of £1,700,000 was agreed in July 2014.

Please contact our specialist medical negligence team on 020 7288 4800 or complete our online medical negligence enquiry form.

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