People often turn to urgent care facilities for the medical help they need, especially if there are obstacles to getting that help elsewhere. The problem with going to an urgent care facility is that people often do not receive the same level of care they would receive at a hospital. Too often, the focus at Urgent Care Clinics is getting a patient through the registration, evaluation, treatment, and discharge process within one hour or less. This focus on speed can lead to harmful consequences, including:
- You may not see an actual doctor.
- The doctor you see may have no experience with the type of medicine that is relevant to your case;
- Necessary follow-up tests may not be available or ordered; and
- The medical providers may be reluctant to send you to an emergency room or specialist to keep you coming back to the Urgent Care Clinic.
These actions and others can cause people to suffer serious injuries. They can also allow serious illnesses to go undetected. Urgent care facilities are designed to provide quick answers to simple medical problems. Not seeing a sufficiently experienced doctor, or no doctor at all, can lead to people being sent home with serious, possibly life-threatening conditions.
Another reason individuals receive substandard medical care at urgent care facilities is the limited depth of physicians who work there. Three types of doctors typically work at urgent care facilities: emergency room doctors, internists and family doctors.
An internist may have no pediatric care experience. Considering that many people turn to urgent care facilities for help when their children are ill or injured, this can be surprising to parents and result in a child receiving less than adequate medical care.
Our Direct Experience In The Medical Field Makes A Difference
At Richards & Richards, LLP, we are committed to helping people pursue compensation and justice for harm they suffered due to substandard medical care. For more than 50 years, our firm has been providing the highly effective legal representation people deserve. Attorney Veronica Richards is a nurse practitioner who has more than 25 years of experience working to serve the needs of those hurt by medical malpractice. Her record of results has helped her earn recognition within her field such as being a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, being named a Super Lawyer every year since 2004 and being AV Preeminent-rated by Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system.
We Will Help You Hold Urgent Care Facilities Accountable
If you or a loved one was harmed by the care received at an urgent care facility, turn to Richards & Richards, LLP for seasoned and effective help. Call 412-261-2620 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. Our firm handles all injury cases on a contingency basis. This means we collect attorney’s fees only when we obtain compensation for you.