My Doctor Failed to Refer me to a Specialist, Can I Take Legal Action?

If you have visited your doctor recently and they noticed something that was wrong, but was outside of their realm of expertise, and failed to refer you to a specialist, you may have a valid claim if you were harmed as a result. To discover the steps you can take moving forward, continue reading.

Doctors are legally bound to refer their patients to specialists when they cannot provide their patients with the knowledge or care necessary to assist them. If your doctor has failed to refer you to a specialist and you were harmed as a direct result, you may qualify to recover financial compensation by filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. To learn more about this process, read on and contact our Montgomery County, PA medical malpractice attorneys.

How can I take legal action against a doctor for failing to refer me to a specialist?

If you have been harmed by your doctor’s negligence, you should first retain the services of our experienced Montgomery County, PA personal injury attorneys. Your attorney will work to satisfy the burden of proof necessary to recover the compensation you deserve. They will collect and present evidence to support your claim. First, you and your lawyer will work to establish that you were the doctor’s patient, and therefore, they owed you a duty of care. Next, you and your attorney will work to prove that the doctor in question diverted from the standard line of treatment, breaching the duty of care, and resulting in your damages.

This process is expected to be difficult and complex. Doctors will typically hire aggressive legal counsel to combat your claim because their career is at risk. This is why you require the assistance of an attorney who has specific experience handling medical malpractice claims. Our legal team is aggressive and passionate. We have assisted countless clients like you. Give us a call today to learn more about how we can advocate for you.

What is the statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims in Pennsylvania?

According to Title 42 (Judicial Procedure), Chapter 55 (Limitations of Time) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, the statute of limitations for filing a medical malpractice claim in Pennsylvania is generally two years from when the malpractice was first discovered or should have been discovered. Failure to file your claim within this timeframe may result in you being permanently time-barred from taking legal action. To avoid this and to get started with this process as soon as possible, give our firm a call today.


Friedman Schuman is an experienced and dedicated legal resource for clients throughout Pennsylvania. We proudly serve clients facing a wide range of legal matters. If you require the services of an effective attorney, please contact Friedman Schuman today to schedule a consultation.

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