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What Happens if a Doctor Fails to Refer a Patient to a Specialist?

If you recently visited your doctor and they noticed something was wrong that was outside of their realm of expertise but failed to refer you to a specialist, you may have a valid claim if you were harmed by these actions. To learn the action you can take, continue reading.

Doctors are legally bound to refer their patients to specialists if they can not provide the patient with the necessary care or knowledge to assist them. If you have been directly harmed as a result of your doctor’s failure to refer, you may qualify for financial compensation in a medical malpractice lawsuit. To discover more about your options for legal action, continue reading and contact our Prince George’s County medical malpractice attorneys.

How can I take legal action against a doctor for failing to refer me to a specialist?

If your doctor’s negligence has resulted in your direct harm, the first step you should take is to reach out to our experienced Prince George’s County personal injury attorneys. Having an attorney in your corner will allow you to gather and present the necessary evidence to satisfy the burden of proof needed to recover the compensation you deserve. You and your lawyer will work to establish that you were the doctor’s patient, meaning they owed you a duty of care. Next, you and your lawyer will work to prove that the doctor diverted from the standard line of treatment, breaching the duty of care and causing you to sustain significant damages.

It is important to understand that this process can be difficult and complicated. Doctors will typically hire aggressive legal counsel to combat your claim. Their career could be at risk and they will do everything in their power to fight these claims. This is why you require the assistance of a passionate and aggressive law firm that has assisted countless clients like yourself. Our legal team at Timian & Fawcett is prepared to take on your case today.

What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Maryland?

According to Maryland Courts and Judicial Proceedings Code section 5-109, the statute of limitations for victims of medical malpractice is generally five years. This means that you will have five years from the date of your injury or three years from the date of the discovery of your injury to take legal action, whichever comes first. The sooner you can bring attention to your claim, the better. This is because if you fail to file your claim within the statute of limitations in Maryland, you may risk being permanently time-barred from suing. To avoid this and to get started with this process as soon as possible, give our firm a call today.

Contact our experienced Maryland firm

If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you must reach out to one of our knowledgeable attorneys. At Timian & Fawcett, LLC, we provide effective legal services to clients in Prince George’s County, Washington, D.C., and all of Maryland. Our firm is dedicated to assisting our clients. If you need our help, we are ready to serve. Contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC.

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