Due to the recent pandemic, many healthcare professionals and experts recommend not coming to the hospital unless it’s completely necessary. There were situations during the peak of the pandemic where patients were turned away due to occupancy or lack of symptoms.
It creates a dangerous precedent where patients aren’t sure when they should come in or if their treatments will be delayed if they try to admit themselves anyways. It starts a conversation surrounding delaying treatments and the line between safety and negligence.
Unfortunately, malpractice depends heavily on the specific situation of each patient. If two patients are suffering a similar ailment and delayed treatment, they may have two different outcomes for malpractice claims.
If you believe delayed treatment or diagnosis caused damage to your physical health; you have to show that the doctor’s delay was medically negligent. It’s challenging to prove negligence as it usually relies on testimony from other medical experts, documentation of the delayed treatment and showing the physical/monetary damage from this delay.
It may sound overwhelming to most patients, especially if you are dealing with the aftermath of delayed response. However, you can break it down to a simple question: “did the delay cause harm?” If you feel there is a definite “yes,” then consider gathering documentation for your case.
Go through step-by-step through your treatment process because it doesn’t only apply during times of pandemic. There are many circumstances where doctors delay treatments or diagnosis, so do not feel like you can only file a claim if you were turned away due to Covid-19.