Failure to Refer a Patient to a Specialist in D.C. | What to Know

We place a lot of trust in doctors and we assume that they will do what is right when it comes to our health. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. One of the biggest mistakes a doctor can make is failing to refer a patient to a specialist. Doctors are legally required to refer their patients to specialists when they cannot provide the patient with the adequate care or knowledge necessary. That is why if you were harmed as a result of a doctor’s failure to refer, there is a very good chance you may qualify for financial compensation. Read on to learn more about medical malpractice lawsuits in Washington D.C.

Fulfilling the burden of proof:

Medical malpractice lawsuits can be difficult. This is because when a doctor’s career is on the line, he or she will likely hire aggressive legal council and fight to combat your claims. As a result, it is imperative to work with a skilled and experienced personal injury attorney. Together, you and your attorney will have to fulfill the burden of proof. The first step is establishing that you were the doctor’s patient, and therefore, the doctor owed you a duty of care. Next, you will have to prove that the doctor diverted from the standard line of treatment, breached the duty of care, and that you sustained significant injuries and damages as a result.

What is the statute of limitations in Washington D.C.?

If you are harmed as a result of a doctor’s failure to refer, it is important to reach out to an attorney as soon as possible. This is because of a deadline known as a statute of limitations. Failing to file your claim in accordance with the statute of limitations will mean losing your right to take legal action, therefore forfeiting your right to recover the compensation you need and deserve in order to heal. In Washington D.C., the statute of limitations for a personal injury accident is generally three years from the date of the accident. While three years may seem like a long time, it is easy to let important deadlines pass as you are recovering from a serious injury. To avoid this, be sure to reach out to a personal injury attorney right away.

If you were harmed by a doctor’s failure to refer, our firm will fight for you. Reach out today to speak with a dedicated personal injury attorney.


The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.