A Louisville Medical Malpractice Doctor Overviews Internist and Family Practitioner Negligence
Your internist or family practitioners may be the doctors who you see most often, as well as the doctors who you trust the most. However, even though they are making life-or-death decisions in the emergency room or the operating room on a daily basis, their work and their skill can still have an enormous affect on your health and your life. In fact, a misdiagnosis, a mistreatment, or misread test results could have devastating consequences, and even cut your life short.
If you have been harmed by an action, decision, or mistake of your family doctor, you may need the assistance of a Kentucky medical malpractice attorney to determine if your medical professional was negligent, and if you should file a medical malpractice claim in an effort to secure compensation for damages. Gladstein Law Firm offers free, private case reviews. Please call (800) 991-0474 to schedule yours.
What Do Internists & Family Practitioners Do?
Physicians who specialize in providing general healthcare to adults are referred to as internists. Family practitioners, on the other hand, serve people of all ages. There are over 150,000 family practitioners and internists in active practice in America today.
When a medical problem arises, most people visit their family practitioner or internist first. These healthcare professionals are usually the first point of contact for health problems such as a cold, the flu, stomach issues, headaches, and other medical problems of a general nature.
Internists and family practitioners are busier than ever, however, and they don’t always spend as much time as they should with their patients. With their tight time schedules, they often run from office to office, spending no more than ten to fifteen minutes per patient. This can be dangerous when patients may have a more serious medical issue that is not recognized by the busy, tired, or distracted physician.
Even family doctors who are taking their time may miss red flags of serious disease, fail to order a test, or brush off a patient’s concerns. They may also make prescription mistakes, fail to refer you to a specialist, or even abuse you in the office. All of these mistakes are examples of malpractice.
Common Medical Malpractice Claims Brought Against Family Practitioners and Internists
Due to the nature of their work, some types of medical malpractice claims are more common than others when it comes to family doctors. The distribution of malpractice claims against family practitioners and internists looks like this:
- Failure to diagnose or improper diagnosis (58 percent of claims)
- Medical treatment that is improper (23 percent of claims)
- Improper prescription medications (9 percent of claims)
- Failure to monitor an existing health condition (2 percent of claims)
In regard to claims about improper or delayed diagnosis, the top five missed diagnoses are:
- Heart conditions or problems (30 percent)
- Infections (25 percent)
- Cancer (18 percent)
- Neurological conditions or disorders (10 percent)
- Gastrointestinal conditions or disorders (9 percent)
How Does Family Doctor Malpractice Happen?
Sometimes, internists and family practitioners are charged with malpractice, due to negligent failures, such as:
- Failure to take a thorough medical history.
- Failure to order lab tests that are appropriate.
- Failure to order referrals to an appropriate specialist.
- Failure to order diagnostic tests, such as x-rays.
- Failure to listen to patient concerns.
- Failure to spend enough time talking with or examining a patient.
In some cases, family practitioner malpractice may be even worse than overlooked symptoms or simple negligence – a doctor may abuse his or her position on purpose, purposefully harm a patient, or practice under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Meet With Experienced Louisville Medical Malpractice Attorney Seth Gladstein
It can be difficult when realizing that your family doctor or long-time internist has failed you – and that he or she has caused you and your family a great deal of pain, suffering, and financial harm. It is important that those who have been injured by their primary doctors fully understand what has taken place, and hold the at-fault parties responsible for their negligence.
Kentucky medical malpractice attorney Seth Gladstein has the experience, legal background, and acumen to assist you with your possible claim. To find out more about your case, including how much it may be worth, we invite you to call our office today at (502) 855-4177 or toll-free at (800) 991-0474. In addition, we invite you to fill out the contact information form on our website. We will get in touch with you right away to schedule your visit.
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