If you have a medical issue that needs care in today’s busy world, it may not happen within your doctor’s office hours, or you may have trouble getting an appointment. You know you need care, but you don’t think it needs to be the hospital ER, so you go to an urgent care facility. While most times, this is a perfect solution, if the standard of care is breached and you suffer harm as a result, you may have a medical malpractice case.
Heidi Villari of the Villari Firm has over 20 years of experience as a medical malpractice and catastrophic injury lawyer, fighting for the rights of people wronged by negligent medical staff. Talk with us today if you suffered malpractice while at an urgent care center.
What Urgent Care Malpractice Is
Medical malpractice occurs when a health care professional deviates from the applicable standard of care and causes harm to the patient. In an urgent care setting, medical malpractice can result when a missed or misdiagnosis results in harm.
A missed diagnosis occurs when the condition is not diagnosed or the diagnosis gets delayed. In contrast, a misdiagnosis occurs when a condition gets diagnosed as another condition or at an incorrect level.
In general, misdiagnosis occurs when the condition you are suffering from gets diagnosed as another condition or at an incorrect level. Serious harm can occur from unnecessary, ineffective, and dangerous treatments ordered from the wrong diagnosis or from the delay in reaching the correct diagnosis.
A delayed diagnosis is a type of misdiagnosis. Although the correct diagnosis is eventually made, the patient may still suffer harm due to the extra time to reach an accurate diagnosis or side effects from treatment for a condition they never had.
Failure to Diagnose
Misreading tests, ordering the wrong tests, or in some instances, failure to perform tests at all are the most common reasons leading to a failure to diagnose in urgent care. Failing to take a complete patient history or dismissing symptoms can also lead to a failure to diagnose.
Can You Sue Urgent Care for Medical Malpractice
Each case is highly fact-specific, but if you suffered harm due to a health care professional breaching the standard of care in an urgent care setting, you might have a medical malpractice case. At the Villari Firm, PLLC we work with experts in the state of Pennsylvania to review your medical records, witness testimony, and other documentation to prepare the strongest case possible for you.
Damages You May Receive Due to Urgent Care Malpractice
In a medical malpractice lawsuit, a victim may seek compensation for past, present, and future harm and bring closure to the matter. Recoveries in successful cases can be significant.
Common examples of damages are:
- Past/Future Medical Expenses
- Pain & Suffering
- Lost Wages both past and future
- Other Non-Economic Damages such as loss of ability to enjoy a quality of life or lifestyle
Talk with a Medical Malpractice Lawyer
At The Villari Firm, we have two decades of experience fighting for patients’ rights. We’ve successfully recovered over $125 million in settlements for our various personal injury and medical malpractice clients. We care about you and your family and will fight for your rights like your case is our own.
Contact us online by here or directly at (215)-977-4796. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation to review your case.