Doctor Negligence

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North Carolina Doctor Negligence: Failure to Refer

The practice of medicine has become very specialized. Family doctors cannot diagnose or treat all conditions. When they do not refer patients to the necessary specialists, serious medical problems may go undiagnosed and untreated.

If you or a loved one has been injured or if your loved one has passed away as the result of a doctor's failure to refer to a specialist, North Carolina attorney Bailey Melvin can offer you sound legal advice and zealous representation. Contact the Melvin Law Firm today to learn how we can help you find answers and recover just compensation for your injuries or your loss.

Reasons Why Doctors Fail to Refer

There are many reasons why doctors neglect to refer their patients to medical specialists. Sometimes, doctors fall under financial pressure to not refer patients to specialists because sending you to a specialist means losing your business. Most of the time, though, it is because they do not properly diagnose your medical condition.

On average, a family doctor has only 10 minutes to see a patient. In that time, they need to be able to determine what is wrong and if a patient needs to see a specialist. This type of fast-paced care can lead to serious errors in judgment.

Doctors must also make a differential diagnosis. This means that they must rule out all serious problems first. If there is a possibility that a patient has a serious health issue, they must first send the patient to a specialist who can rule out that possibility. For example, chest pain might simply be indigestion, but it might also be a heart attack. The heart attack must be ruled out first.

Experienced Attorney Fighting Doctor Negligence

The Melvin Law Firm has served victims of doctor negligence for more than 17 years. Over that time, we have developed professional relationships with medical doctors and specialists who can review your care to see if your doctor made the right diagnosis or right referral in the right amount of time. If not, we can bring a lawsuit against your doctor to help you recover compensation for your injuries.

We are one of the only firms in North Carolina that focuses on medical malpractice law. We also keep a small case load, which means we can give special attention to each and every case we take on. We know our clients and their families by their first names. When you want both experience and personal attention in a lawyer, call us.

Contact a North Carolina medical malpractice attorney today for an initial consultation.

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