Sometimes, it’s in the best interests of both a patient and their physician when a doctor decides to no longer provide treatment. For example, perhaps the nature of a patient’s relationship with their doctor interferes with the doctor’s ability to treat them according to their needs.

However, sometimes, medical professionals will refuse to treat patients for illegal reasons. These patients can often recover financial compensation when this happens.

Do you believe you or a loved one has suffered because a doctor refused to offer treatment despite having no good reason for such refusal? Discuss your case with a Chester County refusal to treat patients attorney at The Weitz Firm, LLC if so. If you have a valid case, we can help you seek the compensation you’re owed.

Reasons a Chester County Doctor May Refuse to Treat a Patient

There are various potential reasons a medical professional might decide to not treat a patient. Examples include (but aren’t necessarily limited to) the following:

  • A physician suspects a patient will be unable to pay for their treatment
  • A patient has indicated a reluctance to follow doctor’s orders, such as taking a prescribed medication
  • The patient is uninsured
  • The patient wishes for a doctor to provide services outside their area of expertise
  • The patient consistently fails to show up for appointments
  • The patient is requesting that a doctor provide them with services that a doctor objects to on moral/religious grounds

Is Refusal to Treat a Patient Legal in Chester County, PA?

There are instances when a doctor has the legal right to terminate a relationship with a patient in the United States. They must cite a valid legal reason when doing so. When a medical professional’s reason for not treating a patient is illegal, they are violating the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA).

If a doctor has broken the law by refusing to treat a patient, said patient may be able to seek financial compensation for various losses they incurred as a result of a doctor’s refusal to provide treatment. Examples of such losses include:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages, if a patient’s condition worsened to such a degree that they were unable to work
  • Pain and suffering

Additionally, if a patient dies because a medical professional illegally refused to treat them, their surviving loved ones may have grounds to file a claim or lawsuit.

Knowing whether the reason a doctor has provided for not treating a patient is or isn’t legal requires a thorough understanding of the law. If you suspect a doctor who refused to treat you or a loved one did not have proper legal justification, schedule a consultation at our Chester County refusal to treat patients law firm. An expert will review the details of your case and explain your options.

How a Chester County Refusal to Treat Attorney Can Help

If a qualified Chester County refusal to treat patients lawyer believes you have a valid case and you agree to hire them, they can improve your chances of arriving at a fair settlement with the insurance company by:

  • Investigating the circumstances to gather evidence showing a doctor broke the law by refusing to offer treatment
  • Accounting for your compensable losses to determine approximately how much compensation you may deserve
  • Negotiating aggressively with the insurance company if their initial offers are too low

At The Weitz Firm, LLC, we’re dedicated to offering refusal to treat patient victims the representation they need. Learn more about how we can help by contacting us online or calling us at 267-587-6240.

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