Delay in Treatment
Often times, people who are suffering from a medical illness or injury need treatment fairly quickly so they can heal appropriately. As such, a delay in treatment can have devastating results. In fact, substantial, unwarranted delays can leave patients in dire need of relief from their symptoms, which can grow more severe the longer treatment is delayed, and cause their condition to worsen. Sadly, in the most severe cases, a delay in treatment can lead to the ultimate loss – a person’s life.
Such delays in treatment are often the result of a doctor or other medical provider’s negligence and, as such, should be addressed. These professionals have a duty to their patients to utilize their knowledge and resources to provide adequate and timely treatment. Failing to do this can seriously harm a patient and is something for which the medical professional should be held liable.
Consequences of Treatment Delays
Depending on the health condition the patient is suffering from, a delay in treatment may cause problems ranging from extended time in pain to potentially lethal organ failure. Doctors have a professional, legal, and moral obligation to provide prompt care to the best of their ability before these complications arise. Failing to do so may result in the following health concerns:
- Worsening of pain or increased time without pain relief
- Spread of infection, disease, or cancer
- Disability due to allowing a complication to progress
- Excessive blood loss
- Organ damage or, in severe cases, failure
Patients left without treatment over a significant period of time may need to undergo significant additional treatment because of these and other effects.
If your medical care wasn’t provided within a reasonably quick period of time after a diagnosis, you may be entitled to pursue financial compensation from the medical professionals responsible for your unnecessary suffering and further health complications. To learn more about taking such legal action and how our legal team at Stepleton Dugan, LLC, may be able to help you prepare a claim, call 513-321-7733 today.