Is medical abandonment a form of West Virginia malpractice?
Miley Legal Group
Medical abandonment is a form of West Virginia malpractice. When a doctor stops seeing a patient who is in need of healthcare it can result in serious injuries and lasting problems for the patient. If you or a loved one was abandoned by your physician during the course of medical treatment, contacting a medical malpractice lawyer in Bridgeport is strongly advised.
Your lawyer can:
- launch his or her own investigation;
- collect evidence for your case; and
- ensure that your West Virginia malpractice claim is filed before the statute of limitations expires.
To ensure your West Virginia malpractice claim is successful, your medical malpractice lawyer in Bridgeport must establish first that your physician was treating you and had a responsibility to continue treatment.
The second thing your lawyer needs to establish is that the physician terminated the medical treatment before it was completed.Upon agreeing to provide medical treatment to a patient, the physician has a clear cut duty to continue treatment until completion.
If continuing treatment is not possible, the physician should transfer the patient to another specialized doctor. By abandoning medical treatment, the physician is opening himself up to a West Virginia malpractice claim for medical abandonment.
If your lawyer proves medical abandonment, you may be awarded damages for future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost income. In some cases, the court may award punitive damages, which are designed to punish the physician for their actions that resulted in West Virginia malpractice.