You can claim from £1,000 to more than £1M when you sue a GP for negligence. As in any compensation process, the amounts vary depending on how serious the GP negligence is.
When you sue a GP for negligence, you seek compensation for general damages and special damages.
General damages are for injury as a direct result of medical negligence, such as pain, suffering and illness
A general damages claim can vary from £1,000 to £2,000 for a medication error which caused three to five weeks of pain and suffering.
A missed diagnosis may lead to higher amounts, of more than £400,000 being awarded for general damages if limbs were lost as a result of a delay in diagnosis of meningitis then special damages would be added on top of that figure.
Special damages are included in a compensation award for GP negligence where there is a need for long-term care or a loss in future earnings.
An example would be where a GP misses a meningitis or sepsis diagnosis. If you lose both limbs above the knee, as a result, the special damages compensation would typically run into millions.
The compensation is for the loss of limbs, but most of the payment would be for future care costs, the need for home and vehicle adaptions and prosthetic limbs, and the loss of salary.