Many times these decisions are based on the physician's professional judgment. So yes, he can refuse. However, if other physicians with the same training would have sent you to a specialist, and you suffered some actual injury because the doctor didn't send you, you may have a claim for malpractice. You should consult a medical malpractice attorney in your area for an evaluation. Best of luck.
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He can refuse, however you may still want to consult with an attorney in your area. Use the avvo search bar to locate an attorney in your area that specializes in medical malpractice. Good Luck.
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The ER doctor can use his or her medical judgment as to what course of action to take.
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