Health care providers have a legal duty to their patients to investigate any claims of medical negligence as soon as they arise. The longer they wait to investigate a claim, the longer the allegedly negligent doctor is allowed to practice. It follows that hospitals, clinics, and other health care providers can be held liable for failing to investigate claims of medical negligence.
Failing to investigate is a type of negligence in and of itself because (a) health care providers have a duty to protect their patients from harm and (b) medical negligence can easily lead to patient injury, thereby breaching this duty. For example, if a doctor fails to diagnose a patient who is clearly exhibiting signs of cancer, and no one steps in after the patient or their family complains, that doctor may go on to misdiagnose other cancer patients. If just one of these patients does not get another opinion, they may miss any chance they had at receiving effective treatment. They may even undergo treatment for another health condition that the negligent doctor believes them to have. It is not difficult to see how this can harm the long-term health of the patient.
At the Law Office of Marshall Silberberg, our attorneys have held hospitals and clinics accountable for failing to investigate claims of medical negligence since 2004. Unfortunately, that means we have also seen the devastation that failure can cause. If you or someone you love has been victimized by medical negligence, you likely have the right to file a civil lawsuit. In addition to investigating the instance of negligence itself, we will also look into whether the negligent health care provider’s employer had reason to suspect negligence. You can rest assured that we won’t leave any stone unturned in your case.
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