The endocrine system impacts a person’s fertility, growth, metabolism, and bones, and a healthy endocrine system is essential for maintaining overall well-being. As such, many people turn to endocrinologists for the treatment and prevention of hormonal and glandular disorders. When an endocrinologist fails to diagnose or manage a patient's condition properly, however, the consequences can be devastating. If your health was adversely affected due to an endocrinologist's failure to provide appropriate care, you can speak with legal counsel to discuss your options for pursuing recourse for your harm. The Baltimore medical malpractice lawyers of the Arfaa Law Group have the skills and experience needed to develop effective arguments on your behalf, and we can potentially help you seek the full amount of compensation you may be owed.Common Examples of Endocrinologist Malpractice
Most endocrinologist malpractice claims arise out of the failure to properly diagnose or treat an illness or condition. Most of the disorders endocrinologists treat can be diagnosed with blood tests. If an endocrinologist fails to notice abnormal test results, it can result in a delayed diagnosis of serious conditions, such as diabetes, thyroid disease, and fertility issues. Similarly, an endocrinologist can cause harm by failing to manage a condition or illness properly. A delayed diagnosis or mismanagement of an illness may result in the development of serious conditions that can cause lifelong impairment. For example, if diabetes is not properly diagnosed or managed, it can lead to the amputation of limbs, renal failure, and loss of vision. If thyroid disease is not properly treated, it can cause nerve issues, heart complications, and infertility.Harm Caused by Endocrinologist Malpractice
Inadequate care rendered by an endocrinologist can cause health issues that require extensive medical treatment. Additionally, some people who suffer harm due to endocrinologist malpractice may be unable to work due to their diminished health and may suffer a loss of income. If you are able to prove that an endocrinologist that treated you is responsible for your damages in a malpractice case, you may be awarded compensation for any economic harm you sustained, such as the cost of medical bills and lost wages, as well as for your non-economic damages, such as the mental anguish, suffering, and pain you experienced. A knowledgeable medical malpractice attorney can help you gather evidence in support of your claim for damages.Proving an Endocrinologist is Liable in a Malpractice Lawsuit
Many people who sustain damages due to incompetent care provided by an endocrinologist choose to seek compensation via a medical malpractice lawsuit. In Maryland, to prove an endocrinologist is liable for malpractice, the injured patient generally must first establish that the endocrinologist owed the patient a duty to provide treatment that complied with the applicable standard of care. The standard of care imposed on an endocrinologist in a malpractice case is that care that a competent endocrinologist with similar skills and training would have rendered under the same circumstances.
After the patient establishes the standard imposed on the endocrinologist, the patient must then show that the endocrinologist deviated from the standard. Even if a patient proves the endocrinologist departed from the standard of care, however, he or she cannot recover damages unless he or she also proves the departure proximately caused his or her harm. In other words, the plaintiff must prove that he or she would not have suffered harm absent the deviation. In most cases, the standard of care and the breach of that standard must be established via testimony from a medical expert.Speak with a Seasoned Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Baltimore
If you sustained an injury or illness due to insufficient medical care provided by an endocrinologist, it is prudent to speak with a seasoned attorney regarding what claims you may be able to assert in pursuit of damages. At Arfaa Law Group, we are adept at helping injured parties seek compensation in Baltimore medical malpractice claims, and we will fight diligently on your behalf. You can reach us through our form online or at 410-889-1850 to schedule a confidential and free meeting regarding your case.