Family doctors serve on the front lines of health care in this country. When you do not feel well, it is the first place you go to get better. The family practitioner or primary care physician is almost always the first point of contact for patients. While most family practitioners act diligently and skillfully, they can cause serious harm to their patients if they fail to make a critical diagnosis or a necessary referral. Get in touch with a medical claims lawyer in Cody if you or a family member have been seriously injured because of a mistake made by your family doctor. Contact us at Burg Simpson Wyoming by calling 307-527-7891 or by filling out our Free Case Evaluation form today.
If a failed medical diagnosis or improper medical treatment has left you or a loved one seriously injured, the question of whether the injury rises to the level of actual medical malpractice can be difficult to establish. In a medical malpractice lawsuit, you, as the injured party, bear the burden of proof in establishing a medical malpractice claim. What this means is that you and your trial attorney must prove to the court that:
- Your family doctor made a mistake during your diagnosis and/or treatment, AND
- This error led to an injury, made your injury or illness worse, or it hurt your recovery; AND
- You suffered substantial enough damages to justify the costs associated with pursuing litigation, and for which a jury can compensate you.
If you are convinced you were hurt as a result of your family doctor’s negligence, reach out to us to discuss your case. Call Burg Simpson in Wyoming at 307-527-7891 for a free initial consultation with a negligence attorney.
One of the most serious ways a family doctor can be charged with medical malpractice is because of their failure to recognize that a patient may be suffering from a rare or complex condition that would require a referral to a specialist. While family doctors possess an exceptional level of skill and experience in a wide range of medical disciplines, such as obstetrics, gynecology, surgery, pediatric medicine, internal medicine, and psychiatry, there are circumstances that justify the involvement of a specialist.
Family doctors may hesitate to make an appropriate referral based on a number of different factors, such as:
- A failure to properly evaluate a patient’s family and medical history.
- A failure to order appropriate diagnostic lab work.
- A failure to carry out appropriate diagnostic studies.
- A failure to screen for cancer, heart disease, and other major medical conditions.
When doctors fail to make an appropriate referral in a timely manner, a patient’s health can be put at risk, which can lead to:
- Additional or unnecessary suffering.
- Reduced chances of a full recovery.
- The need for more invasive or painful treatment.
- Physiological injuries.
- Crippling financial expenses.
The medical lawsuit lawyers at Burg Simpson can help if your family doctor failed to refer your case to the appropriate specialist and you suffered as a result. Contact one of our experienced medical negligence lawyers at our Wyoming office by calling 307-527-7891.
Burg Simpson’s Lawyers in Wyoming Can Help
We ask a lot of our family doctors and for a lot of people, they are the only health care professionals they might ever see. So it is critical that they act responsibly when diagnosing and treating you and your family members. If your family doctor has failed to diagnosis a serious medical condition, our medical malpractice lawyers will evaluate your case in depth. Keep in mind, however, that your time to file a malpractice suit is limited. Complete our Free Case Evaluation Form or call one of our negligence lawyers quickly by calling 307-527-7891.