No matter if you only go to the doctor every few years or work closely with your physician to manage a chronic medical condition, your primary care doctor is likely the physician that you know the best. In fact, you may have had the same primary physician for years. That does not necessarily mean, however, that your primary care doctor is incapable of making preventable and/or dangerous mistakes. We here at the law offices of DeLuca & Weizenbaum, L.T.P., have handled a large number of cases revolving around serious and fatal injuries caused by negligence on the part of primary care physicians.
Medical Daily discusses medical malpractice incidents involving primary care physicians in one study, and explains that these types of doctors are involved in approximately 7 to 16 percent of lawsuit claims filed in the U.S. The vast majority of malpractice claims filed against primary care physicians cited the misdiagnosis of conditions like meningitis, cancer and heart attacks. Similarly, drug errors were identified as another major cause for malpractice claims.
Considering the unique role that primary care doctors often play in the lives of their patients, treating entire families and being known by patients on a more intimate level than other types of physicians, it is estimated that many malpractice incidents actually go unreported. Some patients may be reluctant to accuse their primary doctor of making mistakes, while others may trust in the relationship that they have developed over the years. Whatever the case, the unique responsibility that primary care physicians have to accurately identify the earliest signs of injury and disease can make them especially liable for incidents of misdiagnosis and professional negligence.
At the end of the day, no act of negligence or misconduct on the part of any licensed physician should be condoned. Learn more about medical negligence and other malpractice topics by visiting our web page today.