When does a doctor commit malpractice by failing to refer to a specialist?

Following a serious medical episode, patients and family members often wonder whether doctors should have done more to treat a medical condition. While most doctors adhere to the legal standard of care, some fail to live up to this duty when physicians do not refer patients to specialist for evaluation.

Although doctors do not always have to refer patients to specialists, the law does expect physicians to act accordingly in certain situations. At The Cochran Firm, D.C., our experienced medical malpractice attorneys work closely with an in house registered nurse and investigative team to determine whether a doctor committed malpractice.

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When do doctors have to refer patients?

Doctors commit medical malpractice when they fail to follow the legal standard of care another skillful physician would reasonably have performed. The standard of care may include referring patients to specialists when the primary care doctor exhausts his or her expertise in a particular field of medicine or the referral is a customary part of the expected standard of care.

Unfortunately, failure to refer to a specialist is an all too common occurrence in our area hospitals that leaves patients with life altering injuries. Although negligent physicians may assert all sorts of creative excuses for why a referral was not necessary or part of the standard of care, the experienced medical malpractice attorneys of The Cochran Firm, D.C. work tirelessly to hold wrongdoers accountable.

How do lawyers prove medical malpractice?

Medical malpractice lawsuits are very complex pieces of litigation, requiring skill and attention to detail to ensure plaintiffs receive quality representation. To help prove a medical malpractice case, The Cochran Firm, D.C. consults with expert physicians from around the country to prove defendants deviated from the standard of care.

Furthermore, our office employs a full time staff of paralegals, a nurse consultant, and investigators to assist attorneys in crafting the strongest possible case. Our law firm believes experience, hard work, dedication, and attention to detail help win cases.

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If you or a family member suffered a serious injury due to a physician’s failure to refer to a specialist, contact our office to discuss your legal options. Our attorneys offer free legal consultations

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