The relationship between physician and patient is one of the most important professional relationships that a person will ever form. When a person becomes ill, he or she becomes especially reliant upon the skills and expertise of a trusted doctor.
There are, regrettably, a significant number of cases in which physicians or specialists are unavailable in a time of urgent medical need, intentionally or accidentally, and the patient suffers as a direct consequence of the denied care. Legally, this is termed abandonment, and depending upon the harm sustained by the abandoned patient it may be appropriate for a civil lawsuit to be filed.
If you have been hurt due to your lack of access to your healthcare provider, then we can help you seek the financial compensation that you are due for additional medical expenses, pain, suffering, and other damages.
Contact the Des Moines physician abandonment lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 705-0233.
Common Causes of Physician Abandonment
The primary obligation of a medical professional is to ensure that a patient receives the standard of care that is reasonably expected and that a doctor’s action or inaction does not adversely affect a patient’s health. Too often, however, physicians allow themselves to be motivated by a different set of priorities and patients in their care suffer as a result. Common causes of physician abandonment include, but are not limited to:
- Patient’s inability to pay
- Insurance adjustment and benefit complications
- Scheduling delays
- Schedule conflicts (i.e., out-of-town travel, social engagements)
If a physician denies a patient the care that he or she urgently needs, then a legal action may be the best way to hold that healthcare provider accountable.