Failure to refer for specialist treatment
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When it comes to diagnosing common illnesses, one of the first places that we will go is the local GP, and in many cases they are able to quickly and easily diagnose the problem and give us a prescription which details the type of medication that we need to take and how often we need to take it. In some situations however, our illnesses may be out of the expertise of the local GP and we may need a referral to a specialist who may be an expert in dealing with a certain illness or part of the body.
Unfortunately in some cases our GPs fail to recognise the need for specialist treatment and we can be left with potentially serious undiagnosed illnesses as a result. If you have sought medical attention from your GP and they have failed to refer you to a specialist, leaving you with worsening symptoms or potentially more serious illnesses or injuries as a result then you could be eligible to make a compensation claim.
WHO CAN I CLAIM AGAINST IF MY GP FAILS TO REFER ME TO A SPECIALIST?
When it comes to a failure to refer, the person who you can look at making a personal injury claim against is your GP. It is the defined role of your GP to work to the best of their ability to cure any illnesses or injuries that you may have, and this includes referring you to a specialist for further treatment if needed. If you feel that they have been negligent towards you and failed to do this when it was required, then you could be eligible to make a compensation claim.
WHAT ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF CLAIMS THAT I COULD MAKE?
When it comes to dealing with a failure to refer there are a number of situations where you could look to make a personal injury claim and these include:
- If your injuries develop or worsen as the result of a failure to refer
- If you are given a misdiagnosis which could have been rectified by a referral to the specialist
- Poor examination which may result in a failure to recognise a potentially serious injury
- Poor overall evaluation of any physical symptoms.
ON TOP OF MY PERSONAL INJURY, ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONAL CLAIMS THAT I COULD MAKE?
- Further treatment costs – if you are not referred to a specialist then any potentially serious injuries could become worse and you may require additional treatment as a result. This can come at a cost and this could be covered by your compensation claim
- Loss of income – you may be required to take additional time off work to receive treatment from any developing illnesses or injuries
- Emotional distress – if your GP fails to refer you for the treatment of a very serious illness you could be leave with a great deal of pain or potentially life threatening illnesses which can cause a great deal of distress to both you and your family.
HOW CAN WORKING WITH THE TEAM AT MEDICAL COMPENSATION 4U HELP ME?
At Medical Compensation 4U we provide ourselves on offering a professional, yet personal approach to your next personal injury claim. Our team work around the clock to ensure that you receive the best help and advice that you could possibly ask for. In addition, we offer an understanding of the challenges that making a personal injury claim can offer you, that’s why we handle the paperwork and leave you to relax and take care of your own personal health.