How we can help
Your GP is not there to know everything about medicine but is there to listen, examine, discuss and refer you to a specialist when you need help that they cannot provide.
We understand that it may be difficult to consider bringing a claim against someone you may need to see regularly which is why we investigate your concerns fully before taking steps to bring a claim for clinical negligence against a GP.
At Howells we are here for clients who have suffered harm due to a failure to diagnose and treat a condition, the a misdiagnosis of a condition, a failure to refer them to hospital for x-rays or tests, or have not received the correct medication.
If you feel that you may have a claim for compensation then get in touch today. We know that many people are hesitant about contacting a solicitor but we’re just regular people with a particular expertise – and we’re on your side.
Besides, an initial call costs nothing and our Medical Negligence team will listen sympathetically before advising on your options and recommended next steps.
Why choose us?
We will advise on the merits of every claim brought to us and regardless of its size, complexity or impact, we’ll give each one the care and attention it deserves.
We appreciate that worry about costs can be a barrier to getting professional help – don’t let it stop you. If we believe you have a claim, then we can potentially pursue it via one of a number of funding options or fee arrangements such as ‘no win, no fee’.
If you choose us to look after your claim, we will look after you, as here at Howells we are committed to:
• earning the maximum possible compensation settlement for clients
• helping establish adequate ‘provision for life’ in terms of on-going specialist care, housing, support and welfare
• removing any fear, worry or mystery about the legal process and communicating regularly, openly and sensitively
• remaining a strong, staunch and tireless advocate for your rights
Make a claim
Q. How long do I have to make a claim?
A. A claim must be made within 3 years of the negligent treatment or the date that you knew or suspected that you had suffered as a result of the delay in diagnosis and treatment of your condition.If a relative has passed away as a result of the delayed diagnosis a claim must be brought within 3 years of their date of death if this was caused by the negligent treatment.Where a claim is brought on behalf of a child the 3 year limitation starts to run from the child’s 18th birthday.If the Claimant is a patient who is assessed as not being capable of handling their own claim the time limit (limitation period) does not begin until the legal incapacity is removed.
Q. How badly does the procedure/negligence have had to go wrong to bring a claim?
A. Usually, a claim can be made if there has been an injury, or you have suffered additional pain or the substandard care has resulted in you needing further treatment. But get in touch regardless as a member of our team will be able to advise you free of charge whether you are likely to have a claim or not.
Q. What will happen to my GP?
A. Your relationship with your GP should not be affected as they have a duty to remain professional. It is often the case that when a mistake is identified this helps the practice to put into place other policies and procedures to prevent other patients suffering the same misfortune as you.
Q. Will I need to change GP surgeries if I make a claim?
A. There is no requirement to do this. You could continue to see the same GP or if you did not feel comfortable you could see another doctor at the same surgery. The choice is down to you and what you feel more comfortable with.
For more questions on the process of making a claim see FAQs.