Primary Care, also known as Family Practice, are health care providers that see patients with common medical problems. The person is usually a physician but the provider can also be a physicians assistant or a nurse practitioner. No matter who sees the patient, the medical provider is under an obligation to provide medical services in accordance with generally accepted medical standards.
Primary Care medical providers typically see patients when new medical conditions arise, to monitor patients that already have diagnosed medical conditions, and to perform annual physical examinations to monitor your health and screen for conditions you may not know you have. The failure to adequately perform any of the aforesaid could be medical malpractice. The American Academy of Family Practice Physicians (AAFP) and other organizations have guidelines that many providers follow. What is appropriate care pursuant to the guidelines often depends on the age of the patient, the family history, the patient history, the results of medical tests and the patient's symptoms.
Common Primary Care & Family Practice medical errors include:
- Failure to appropriately screen the patient
- Failure to take a proper patient history
- Failure to order appropriate tests such as lab work and diagnostic studies
- Failure to screen for heart disease
- Failure to screen for cancer
- Failure to refer the patient to a specialist
- Failure to prescribe appropriate medications
- Failure to monitor the effects of medications
- Failure to perform complete annual physical examinations
- Failure to adequately inform the patient
- Failure to timely follow-up with the patient; and
- Failure to timely relay important medical information and/or test results
The DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Law Firm has successfully handled many primary care medical malpractice cases. Our law firm has access to board certified physicians from outside of the area that will objectively review your medical records to determine if a medical provider failed to provide medical care in accordance with generally accepted medical standards.
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