What is a Doctor’s Failure to Refer?

There are few things worse than going to a doctor for treatment, only to leave worse off than when you arrived. Unfortunately, though the state of Maryland is home to countless fantastic, dedicated doctors and physicians, this happens far more often than we’d like to admit. One of the most common forms of physician negligence is failing to refer patients to doctors with more specialized knowledge when need be. If you believe that this has happened to you, you must continue reading and reach out to our experienced Maryland personal injury attorneys to learn more about how we can help you through the legal process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What happens when a doctor fails to refer a patient?

If you see your physician for a medical condition and that physician does not recognize certain underlying symptoms, or otherwise fails to refer that patient to another medical professional who specializes in that certain field of medicine, it can result in delayed treatments, failure to diagnose, and more. Failing to refer someone to a specialist when it is needed can even sometimes result in fatality. That is why if you are someone who needed specialist treatment and did not receive it, you must hire an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney who can gather and present all the evidence needed to win your medical malpractice claim. As long as we can prove that your doctor breached his or her duty of care, and that you were injured and incurred significant damages as a result, there is a very good chance that you will qualify for compensation in a medical malpractice claim.

How long will I have to sue a doctor for negligence in Maryland?

If you are someone who has been injured due to a physician’s negligence in Maryland, you will have to file a medical malpractice claim within the state’s statute of limitations. Since the statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims in Maryland is, generally, three years, you will, generally, have three years from the date of the incident to take action against the negligent doctor. Do not make the mistake of waiting too long to see if your injuries heal on their own, for if you do, you may be time-barred from suing. We are ready to help you hold the negligent party responsible. Give us a call today to learn more about what we can do for you.


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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