Philadelphia Failure to Treat & Misdiagnosis Attorney
Modern medicine can accomplish wonders. New developments in our understanding of disease, new and more effective medications, and constant advances in medical technology mean that patients who receive appropriate treatment in a timely manner have a better chance of survival than ever before. But when physicians negligently fail to provide potentially life-saving treatment, it can have tragic consequences. If a doctor’s or other medical professional’s failure to treat an illness, disease, or condition was a result of conduct that did not meet the applicable standard of care and a patient suffers as a result, it may entitle that patient or their family to compensation. LawMD’s experienced Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys hold doctors accountable for their negligent failure to treat, and work tirelessly to obtain compensation for victims of medical malpractice.
What Leads to a Failure to Treat?
There are many reasons why a doctor may fail to treat a medical condition. But perhaps the most common reason is also the simplest: you simply can’t or won’t treat a condition if you don’t know it exists.
A failure to diagnose an illness or a misdiagnosis can result in delayed treatment, treatment for a condition that the patient doesn’t actually have, or no treatment whatsoever. Doctors may rush through their examination of patient in order to move on to their next appointment. They may fail to acknowledge or respond to a patient’s complaints and symptoms or draw conclusions about the patient’s condition based on overconfidence in their own abilities rather than on objective test results. They may not conduct the proper screening or evaluation of a patient’s medical records or family history. All of these mistakes can result in a physician missing clear indicators of illness or disease, and all of these errors can in turn lead to the failure to treat a serious medical condition that will only get worse without medical intervention.
Even if doctors do conduct the proper screening, evaluation, and testing, they may fail to properly interpret the results of those tests. They may fail to order additional testing that should have been conducted based on indicators in the earlier tests. Mistakes can be made in the handling of blood and other samples that can call into question the accuracy of test results. Any one of these errors or more can cause a doctor to make a misdiagnosis which can lead to further damage. The physician may start a course of treatment for the patient, but it could be for a condition the patient does not have. Sometimes, the wrong course of treatment can cause a patient to be prescribed harmful medication or undergo unnecessary surgery.
The Philadelphia Failure to Treat Attorneys at LawMD Are the Advocates You Need
Proving that a failure to treat was the result of medical malpractice can be extremely difficult. There is a difference between a bad outcome and medical negligence. It must be proven that the doctor and other medical professionals failed to adhere to the proper standard of care in their evaluation and treatment of the patient. This requires experience and an in-depth understanding of both the law and the complex medical issues involved in a failure to treat case. At LawMD, many of our Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys are also licensed physicians who use their unique combination of knowledge to get victims of medical malpractice the compensation they deserve after a medical error.
If you or a loved one has suffered because of a failure to treat a disease, illness, or medical condition, LawMD’s medical malpractice lawyers serving greater Philadelphia stand ready to help. Please give us a call at 888-MY-LAWMD (888-695-2963) to set up your free consultation or contact us online. We look forward to assisting you.