Can Urgent Care Centers Be Sued for Malpractice?
Ragain & Clark February 28, 2022
Urgent care centers fill a unique need in our healthcare system. They are intended to serve as treatment centers for patients who are not suffering a medical emergency but are unable to wait for an appointment with their primary care physician. While these cases may not be as critical as those seen in the ER, they can still be quite complex. As a result, negligence on the part of the facility or medical staff can result in serious harm to their patients. If you believe that you have suffered harm as a result of the treatment you received at an urgent care center, the best thing you can do is contact a Montana medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible.
Urgent Care Centers May Be Liable for Malpractice
Just like any other medical facility, urgent care centers may be held liable for any harm caused to their patients as a result of negligence. However, it is important to understand that malpractice claims involving urgent care centers will be judged according to a different standard than other medical malpractice claims. Many of their patients need urgent care and the facility may not have access to their complete medical records. Mistakes can happen when time is of the essence and providers do not have all of the information, and in these cases, you may not have a claim for medical malpractice. Determining whether or not the mistake in your case qualifies as medical malpractice can be difficult, but a Montana medical malpractice lawyer can give you valuable guidance.
How the Centers May Be Liable
Urgent care centers have a legal responsibility to ensure that patients receive the proper care. Some of the common ways that they can fail in this regard include the following:
- Failure to recognize medical emergencies and call 911
- Failure to see patients in a timely fashion resulting in further harm
- Inadequate evaluations
- Medication errors
- Diagnosis errors
Mistakes made at an urgent care facility can lead to serious harm and sometimes even death. If you have suffered as a result of negligent care at an urgent care facility, a Montana medical malpractice lawyer can review your case and determine whether you have a claim.
The Physician or Medical Staff May Be Individually Liable
Urgent care facilities rely on the professional judgment of the doctors, nurses, and other providers they have on staff. As a result, you may have a claim against the doctor or nurse who treated you even if you don’t have a claim against the facility. In reality, you may have to pursue a claim against multiple parties. A Montana medical malpractice lawyer will be able to determine who you should pursue if you are the victim of medical malpractice.
Contact a Montana Medical Malpractice Lawyer if You Received Negligent Treatment at an Urgent Care Center
Montana medical malpractice lawyer Jim Ragain has over 30 years of experience in helping malpractice victims get fair compensation for their injuries. To schedule a free consultation, contact us today at 406-651-8888 to discuss your case and how we can help.