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Failure to Consider Medical History Claims in Philadelphia

Typically, on your first visit to a doctor or other medical professional, you will complete forms and answer detailed questions about your medical history. The office may also require information about your family’s medical history for a complete medical profile. Patient history gives critical information to your doctor about the risk of developing certain conditions or illnesses and is important for the doctor to consider in forming a diagnosis and provident treatment.

Getting an accurate patient history is an important part of patient diagnosis and treatment. When doctors disregard a patient’s history, they run the risk of misdiagnosing a patient and causing more harm. If you have been injured because your patient history was disregarded by a doctor, you may have a valid medical malpractice claim. Youman & Caputo can help you understand your rights.

Why Choose Us?

  • At Youman & Caputo, we have a team of aggressive Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers who will fight to protect your interests.
  • We have the experience you can trust. We represent our clients aggressively, with conscientious attention to detail, honesty, and integrity.

You do not have to suffer with the consequences from a doctor’s disregard of your patient history. Call Youman & Caputo at (215) 302-1999 to schedule a call with one of our lawyers. Your initial consultation is free, and you will never owe any fee or costs unless and until we win your case.

How Do You Prove Medical Malpractice?

For a doctor to be held liable in a lawsuit, the injured patient must prove all the elements of negligence.

  • Duty of care. The patient must prove there was a doctor-patient relationship with the doctor. Such a relationship establishes the duty of care.
  • Breach of the duty of care. Disregarding patient history is a failure to meet the standard of care required for a patient’s diagnosis and treatment.
  • Causation. The failure to meet the standard of care caused or increased the risk of the patient’s injury. The defendant will try to avoid liability by pointing to other circumstances as the cause of the patient’s injury.
  • Actual injury. The patient must have suffered actual harm because of the injury. Losses can be economic such as past and future medical bills, or non-economic such as pain and suffering.

You must prove all the elements of negligence to be successful in your claim.

What Type of Compensation Can You Get?

The type of compensation you can get will depend on the type and severity of your injury. If you successfully prove your claim, you can potentially get compensation for your economic damages as well as non-economic damages, depending on the facts of your case and the losses that you have suffered.

Economic damages are tangible damages that can easily be quantified. They may include medical expenses, lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses, and lost earning capacity.

Non-economic damages are intangible damages that are often subjectively determined. They may include pain and suffering, emotional distress, embarrassment and humiliation, disfigurement, loss of life’s pleasures, and loss of companionship or consortium.

It is important to get an accurate determination of the value of your losses because once a claim is settled, it will not be revisited. This is why it is important to work with a lawyer who has the experience and resources to determine a fair and accurate value of your losses, and navigate the legal processes to get your compensation.

What if I Can’t Afford a Lawyer?

Do not let the fear of legal fees keep you from consulting with a lawyer about your case. At Youman & Caputo, we get paid only after your case is settled or resolved after a verdict and any appeal.

The insurance companies have their lawyers working to protect their interests. Show them that you are serious about your claim. Call Youman & Caputo at (215) 302-1999 to schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers.