Inadequate treatment of a patient with a medical condition is considered a Failure to Treat malpractice case if caused by a physician’s medical error, substandard care, or negligence. A physician is expected to use special knowledge and skills in the most appropriate manner when performing any treatment, surgical operation, or invasive investigation.
Failure to treat a patient may result in medical malpractice if the failure was caused by negligence, medical error or substandard care. These lawsuits are often caused by:
When a physician fails to treat or incorrectly treats a patient, they are subjected to potentially harsher treatments or irreversible damages. Not only does failure to treat result in harm, but in extreme cases may result in a wrongful death.
According to data from the Medscape Malpractice report from 2017, 17% of all lawsuits against physicians were from failure to treat reports. Among all physicians, 20% of primary care physicians and 16% of specialists were involved in a failure to treat malpractice case. The following physician specialties are the most frequently affected by failure to treat lawsuits:
Physicians can limit the occurrence of failure to treat incidents by ensuring adequate patient care and treatment. The following should be implemented by physicians to lower the frequency of these types medical malpractice cases:
It is important that physicians use the appropriate knowledge and skills to treat their patients in the best manner possible. However, there are approaches that can be taken to reduce the occurrences of failure to treat cases. From implementing competent treatment to following a systematic approach, further patient complications can be reduced while patient care can be enhanced.