Medical negligence and a failure to treat a patient

It can be difficult to distinguish the difference between medical negligence and all other types of medical malpractice. For the purpose of this article, our medical malpractice attorney want to discuss medical negligence as it is related to a failure to treat patients. However, even a failure to treat can cover a wide variety of situations. Some of the most common situations where “failure to treat” applies include the following:

  • Doctors failing to disclose all available treatments with the patient
  • A patient without insurance not being treated promptly or at all
  • A doctor knowing about a medical condition but not treating it
  • Specialists not being brought in when necessary
  • Misdiagnosis and treatment for a wrong diagnosis that worsens the patient’s condition
  • Dismissing a patient’s symptoms as minor or inconsequential and allowing them to worsen

A failure to treat can result in much more complex and expensive treatments being needed for the patient down the road after the correct diagnosis is finally discovered. For example, what may have been a fairly minor and localized infection at the time a person initially sought treatment could spread throughout the body and lead to sepsis. This type of case can go from a patient needing a simple round of antibiotics to them needing to be admitted to the hospital in critical condition.

A failure to treat by a medical professional could result in a patient experiencing additional medical bills, the need for a longer hospital stay, the possibility of in-home care, etc.

Types of compensation available for a Philadelphia medical negligence case

There may be various types of compensation available to victims of medical negligence. Our Philadelphia patient negligence lawyers are regularly able to help clients recover the following:

  • Complete coverage of their medical expenses
  • Lost wages if they cannot work
  • General household out-of-pocket costs
  • Loss of quality of life damages
  • Pain and suffering damages

The total amount of compensation available in these cases will vary depending on the severity of the patient’s injuries or illness. An attorney will work with trusted medical and economic experts to properly calculate the total expected losses.

Call a Philadelphia patient negligence attorney immediately

If you or somebody you care about has been injured due to the careless or negligent actions of a medical professional, you need to turn to the team at The Weitz Firm, LLC today. Our attorneys have a track record of success in helping Philadelphia residents recover compensation from negligent medical professionals. We will not hesitate to stand up to aggressive insurance carriers or at-fault parties, and we know what it takes to win these cases. When you need a Philadelphia patient negligence attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 267-587-6240.

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