Maryland Injury Attorneys Fight for Victims Suffering from a Doctor’s Failure to Treat a Serious Illness
Filing a claim when inaction affects your well-being
When you go to the doctor with a health concern, it may be a relief to hear that you don’t need to undergo treatment. If a doctor misses an important diagnosis your health and life can be put at risk. The personal injury attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC assist you in receiving the compensation you deserve if you are suffering due to a doctor’s failure to treat your condition properly.
Common cases where doctors fail to treat a patient
Our personal injury law firm routinely handles failure-to-treat cases, including:
- Failure to test or diagnose. This can include immediate threats like a heart attack or stroke, or examining for more long-term conditions like cancer or congenital defects
- Failure to provide timely care. While treatments and cures exist for most medical conditions, they are often contingent on providing care within a specific timetable. A doctor should prioritize your care to ensure you receive treatment when it will be most effective
- Failure to refer a patient to a specialist. If a condition or treatment is outside of a doctor’s area of expertise, it is still their responsibility to assist you by finding a medical professional who can help you
- Failure to advise all possible treatments. When getting informed consent, your doctor should inform you of all possible courses of action, even those they may not personally prefer. While they can recommend a course of action, you need to be informed of all possible options so that you can get a second opinion if you wish, or at least make the most informed possible decision
Why don’t patients get the treatment they need?
It is a doctor’s responsibility to provide timely, competent care for their patients. It can be difficult to understand how a doctor can fail to treat a patient when they need it most. While none of the following reasons are an acceptable excuse, here are some common reasons for a failure to treat:
- Simple oversight. If the right tests aren’t run, or your doctor was distracted while looking over your results, the symptoms may be missed. Even with the best intentions, however, this sort of error can have a drastic impact on your health
- Lack of continuing education. If a doctor does not continue their training and keep current with the latest medical advances, they may be unaware of a more effective treatment or of any treatment for your condition
- Overwork/over-scheduling. Many doctors find their schedules booked months ahead, and it can be difficult to find time to bring a patient in for treatment when they need it
If you’ve received inadequate treatment, contact our Baltimore law firm today to determine if you are entitled to compensation
Doctors are sworn to do no harm, but doing nothing can be just as harmful. The attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC, are ready to take your case and get the compensation you deserve. Reach us toll free at (800) 918-8872 or contact us online. We serve various counties throughout Maryland including Baltimore, Baltimore County, Howard County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel, Prince George’s County and Harford County. Our firm does not receive any fees unless we recover compensation for you.