8 Types of Medical Bias That Can Result in Medical Malpractice

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Steven R. Davis and John A. Davis, Jr.
February 1, 2024

Medical bias refers to the prejudice or unfair treatment in medical settings, often based on a patient’s race, gender, age, or other personal characteristics, leading to disparities in healthcare quality and outcomes. When this treatment results in your injury due to a misdiagnosis or failure to act on time, it is within your rights to file a claim for damages. 

Nobody deserves to fall victim or pay the financial, emotional, or physical price of a trusted doctor’s failure to provide their expected duty of care. If you believe your medical malpractice case is the direct result of your medical professional’s medical bias, you are entitled to speak with a knowledgeable attorney today at Davis & Davis. We are happy to provide you with a free case evaluation to determine how best to begin building a strong case. 

8 Examples of Medical Bias That Can Result in Medical Malpractice

There are many different kinds of medical bias that can occur at any moment for a variety of reasons. Eight examples of the most common kinds of medical biases include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Using stereotypes to diagnose a patient’s condition
  • Focusing on only one diagnosis and ignoring any other possibilities
  • Blind acceptance of an early diagnosis and failing to consider other diagnoses
  • Not searching for other abnormalities after one has been found
  • The failure to consider less common/rarer diagnoses
  • Believing in a particular diagnosis because other medical professionals believe it
  • Failing to disagree or debate with someone whom the medical professional sees as an expert
  • Believing a patient with similar symptoms has the same condition as one treated recently

A variety of factors can result in medical bias, including the patient’s gender, weight, sexual orientation, education, familial background, and more. As a medical professional, it is their duty to provide unbiased care to all of their patients and work to the best of their ability. This means actively listening to patients’ concerns and using their expertise and training to treat patient problems accordingly. 

What a Medical Malpractice Attorney Can Do for Your Case

The team at Davis & Davis has proudly served our local community and patients nationwide for a combined total of nearly seven decades, and we are here to alleviate some of the stress associated with your case. While you focus on healing and recovering from the damage caused by your medical professional’s biases, we will get to work on the following pivotal aspects of your case:

  • Collecting and analyzing any relevant evidence of negligence
  • Filing your claim within the statute of limitations, which is generally but not always two years
  • Handling all scheduling and communication with the insurance company
  • Negotiating for a worthy settlement
  • Taking your case to court, if need be

Don’t try to navigate the aftermath of your medical malpractice claim alone. When you partner with an attorney, you are only increasing your chances of success in getting a settlement offer worthy of your experience and your losses. 

Injured Due to Medical Bias? Davis & Davis Can Help Today

Confront the injustice of medical bias and its consequences with the dedicated support of Davis & Davis. Recognizing the critical nature of these situations, our team is committed to vigorously defending your rights. We take on the complex and often tricky legal challenges associated with the process, providing you the space to focus on your health and recovery. With years of experience and documented successes, we are ready to guide you through the entire process, from the initial consultation to the final settlement offer. 

Don’t hesitate to pursue the financial justice and compensation you deserve. To begin the process today, please feel free to contact the team at Davis & Davis for a free case assessment by calling our office at (888) 522-9444 or by filling out our online contact form.

John A. Davis, Jr.


John A. Davis, Jr. and Steven R. Davis

February 1 2024

Steven R. Davis and John A. Davis, Jr. are experienced attorneys at Davis & Davis, a law firm that specializes in medical malpractice cases in Texas. With a deep commitment to justice that guides their ethical approach, Davis and Davis have dedicated their careers to helping victims of medical negligence. They and their team continue to advocate for clients, despite the challenges posed by Texas's cap on recoverable damages in malpractice lawsuits. Davis & Davis pride themselves on their extensive experience in the field and their readiness to meet clients across the United States.

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