Your General Practitioner (GP) has an important role in your everyday health, and for many people is their first point of contact when suffering with an illness or ailment. For this reason, the decisions that GPs make can have huge consequences for your health and wellbeing. They are responsible for prescribing medicines, referring you for treatments to relevant specialists if they believe it to be necessary, and advising you as to the best course of action according to your needs as a patient.
For these reasons, when things go wrong, the consequences can be very serious. Perhaps your GP has misdiagnosed your condition and you have become ill as a result, has made an incorrect referral, or even provided inappropriate medication in relation to your health problem.
All of these scenarios, and many others, are a serious breach of what is referred to as a ‘duty of care’, whereby all doctors are required by law to ‘act in the patient’s best interests’. It goes without saying that this includes making the correct decisions about your healthcare, given the level of trust that most people place in their doctor’s training, experience and judgement.
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Here at Healys, we have extensive experience of pursuing claims against GPs in a wide range of circumstances and cases. We recognise the fear and anxiety that the prospect of commencing a claim against your GP is likely to cause you, and that is why we are here to help.
It is important to the team here at Healys, who have over 50 years’ experience combined, to not only get to know the details of your individual case, but also to find out about you as an individual.
This is one of the ways that Healys differs from other firms; our personal service and attention to detail. We believe that it is impossible to serve you fully and in your best interests without getting to know more about you and your life as a whole.
After all, you will be making a claim against your GP because of something very personal; your health, which has a far reaching impact upon all areas of your life. We care about you as an individual, not just your legal case.
Healys prides itself not only on its personal service and client care, but also on its first class legal knowledge and expertise. We have extensive experience and considerable success in dealing with claims against GPs.
For these reasons, when you instruct Healys, you can be confident that you are working with a law firm that has your interests firmly in mind, and that we will represent you robustly and with passion.
It is likely that your GP’s medical negligence has caused you significant inconvenience, alarm and distress, not to mention the possible health issues created by it.
For these reasons, you are better off having experienced medical negligence solicitors by your side every step of the way, in what can often be a time consuming and complicated process.
4th December 2018
Jonathan Austen-Jones represented the Claimant (“ER”), a 53 years old man who was taken by ambulance to the Royal Sussex County Hospital on 4 March 2017 after suffering with abdominal pain over the previous two days. Continue reading »
RH sought help and advice from Jonathan Austen-Jones to investigate a potential claim for clinical negligence against the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust following back surgery carried out by one of its orthopaedic and spinal specialists.
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29th November 2018
Gazebos are used by all kinds of organisations when attending events up and down the country. It may not seem that an employer’s duty to assess and minimise workplace risks would extend to tasks such as carrying and assembling gazebos, but a recent case shows that it does. Continue reading »
28th November 2018
In order to succeed in a ‘secondary victim’ claim as a result of clinical negligence it is necessary to establish that the claimant suffered psychiatric illness or injury – as opposed to grief, sorrow, deprivation or the need to provide care for the loved one who has suffered the injury – as a result of witnessing a sudden, shocking event. Given the number of hurdles a claimant has to clear to show that the many tests have been met, there have been very few successful claims to date. Continue reading »
26th November 2018
Two recent cases illustrate that employers need to be vigilant in assessing tripping and slipping hazards in areas where workers perform their tasks. If they fail in this duty, those who are injured as a result may be able to claim compensation. Continue reading »
23rd November 2018
A radical proposal for cycling awareness has been unveiled by the government. The plans include a series of measures to improve safety for vulnerable road users, and to encourage and support cycling. The aim is to reduce the significant number of serious and fatal accidents suffered by cyclists. Continue reading »
24th July 2017
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced measures to tackle fraudulent sickness claims. Fraudulent claims of food poisoning by holidaymakers which are false or exaggerated claims, could result in British tourists paying higher package holiday prices. Continue reading »
27th February 2017
The last revision of the discount rate was undertaken on 25th June 2001, when it was set at 2.5%. From 20th March 2017, the rate drops from 2.5% to minus 0.75%. It is a change of 3.25 percentage points. Continue reading »
21st January 2016
Jonathan Austen-Jones acted on behalf of the applicant in this case who was the subject of sexual abuse at the hands of his step-father between the ages of about 5 and 7.
An initial application for compensation pursuant to the 1990 Scheme was made in 1992 and in June 1996 he was awarded £10,000.00 in respect of the abuse he had suffered. This award was clearly too low and it appears that no psychiatric evidence was before the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). Continue reading »
Jonathan Austen-Jones acted on behalf of the claimant in her claim for damages for clinical negligence. The claim arose from the tragic loss of her baby’s life as a consequence of the failure of the Defendant Trust, appreciating that baby B had a Group B streptococcus infection at his birth on the night of the 1st January 2009, resulting in baby B’s death at 00.55 hours on the 3rd January 2009. Continue reading »