Understanding a Doctor’s Duty of Care

Patients deserve reliable, high-quality health care. This is the foundation that informs a doctor's "duty of care". This term describes the obligation health care providers have to provide high-quality care to their patients. When providers breach this duty, medical mistakes are more likely.

In order to hold negligent providers legally responsible for medical mistakes, you must have proof that they breached their duty of care. Our Kansas City medical malpractice attorneys can help you understand what the standard care should have been and link the doctor's breach of duty directly back to the harm you suffered.

5 Steps to Take After Telemedicine Malpractice

If you believe you’re a victim of telemedicine malpractice, it’s critical to act swiftly to advocate for your rights. Here are five key steps we recommend:  

  1. If you’ve been hurt, seek in-person medical care as soon as possible. Make sure the health care provider conducts a thorough exam, a detailed diagnosis, and outlines treatment options clearly. 
  2. Organize records of all interactions with the telemedicine provider, including dates, times, and the content of your consultations. If possible, save emails, messages, and screenshots of video calls. Also, request copies of all medical records related to your telemedicine consultations and any follow-up care. This includes diagnoses, treatment plans, prescriptions, and test results.
  3. Identify anyone who may have witnessed the malpractice or who can testify about your condition before and after the telemedicine visit. Their testimony may be critical in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
  4. You may also want to file a complaint with relevant medical boards or professional organizations. Reporting your experience might help prevent future incidents and help hold the provider accountable. 
  5. At the first suspicion of a medical mistake, reach out to a skilled Kansas City medical malpractice attorney. A free consultation with Fowler Pickert Eisenmenger Norfleet gives you the opportunity to receive a case evaluation and advice on your legal options. 

How Fowler Pickert Eisenmenger Norfleet Builds Your Telemedicine Malpractice Case

Medical malpractice cases often involve complex legal and medical issues, especially when virtual visits are involved. While no amount of money can undo the damage caused by an irresponsible doctor, a fair settlement helps you recoup costs associated with the harm done, such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related damages.

Our medical malpractice legal team jumps into action right away, as the statute of limitations to file this type of case in Kansas or Missouri is two years from the date of injury. So we gather and preserve crucial evidence, secure expert witnesses, and establish other factors to build a strong case to prove negligence. We’re also prepared to handle all insurance company negotiations and defend your case in court if necessary.  

Pursuing a malpractice claim while recovering from an injury can be overwhelming. However, with your health in the balance, you owe it to yourself to consult our Kansas City medical malpractice legal professionals to ensure your rights are protected.

Spencer Eisenmenger
Helping Kansas City area medical malpractice, product liability, birth injury and personal injury clients.