What if a Doctor Fails to Refer a Patient in Maryland?

Some doctors are general practitioners of medicine, while others specialize in certain areas. Sometimes, a general doctor may need to refer a patient to a specialist. If a doctor does not have the necessary skill or knowledge to treat a patient, he or she is legally bound to refer the patient to a specialist. Failing to refer a patient can hinder the patient from getting the treatment he or she needs, causing ailments to go undiagnosed, untreated, mistreated, and more. This is one of the most dangerous mistakes a doctor can make. If you have been harmed by a doctor’s failure to refer, you will likely have a medical malpractice case. Read on to learn more.

Proving a doctor’s failure to refer:

In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to fulfill the burden of proof. In order to do this, you will have to:

  • Prove that you were a patient of the doctor
  • Prove that the doctor deviated from the standard of care
  • Prove that you were harmed as a direct result

In order to do this, it is important to work with a strong personal injury attorney. When a doctor’s career is on the line, he or she will work hard to disprove your claims.

The statute of limitations:

In order to recover the compensation you need and deserve to recover, you will have to file your claim on time. This is because of a deadline known as a statute of limitations. In Maryland, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally three years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within three years will most likely mean losing your opportunity to take legal action, thus forfeiting your right to recover compensation. Do not let this happen. Reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney right away.

When you go to the doctor, you trust that he or she will provide you with the care you need. When this does not happen, the results can be devastating. Our firm is here to fight for you. Reach out today to speak with an experienced and dedicated personal injury attorney.


The legal team at Markey & Orsi has proudly represented injured clients throughout the state of Maryland for almost 30 years. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence and require strong legal representation, contact Markey & Orsi today to schedule a consultation.

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