In late 1999, Linda attended her GP reporting that she was increasingly experiencing night sweats, thirstiness, tiredness and occasional dizziness. Eventually, in July 2000, her GP carried out blood tests, which revealed that the Linda was suffering from hyperthyroidism.
Linda was not referred to an endocrinologist, as she should have been and underwent a serious eye operation without the eye surgeon being informed of her condition.
The eye surgery was unsuccessful and as a result of the undiagnosed hyperthyroidism caused her to become anxious and resulted in PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), health and anxiety phobia, depression and anxiety.
Prior to the illness, Linda had run a very successful publishing company.
We pursued a GP negligence claim for Linda for the GPs failure to refer her to an endocrinologist.
The GP defended the claim even though the General Medical Council (GMC) had found him guilty of serious professional misconduct for his actions. Not only did he argue that he was not negligent, but also that Linda’s problems were unrelated to the failure to diagnose hyperthyroidism.
Paul McNeil acted for Linda. The case eventually settled well after proceedings had commenced and expert evidence was exchanged. Linda accepted damages of £65,000 and the case was taken on a no win, no fee basis.
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