The Common Signs of Medical Malpractice
Physicians do their best to diagnose and treat illnesses in their patients, but mistakes are common. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 7% of all doctors from 1991-2005 faced a medical malpractice case. The US Department of Health and Human Services reports 587,765 total malpractice reports filed in the past decade alone.
If you believe that you may be a victim of medical malpractice, carefully consider these possible signs below. Then get in touch with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer to help you obtain the compensation that you deserve.
#1 Your Diagnosis Was Delayed
Procrastination can kill in medicine. For a disease or illness to be treated properly, it must be first timely diagnosed. There are many cases where a patient went to the doctor many times, and that doctor simply dismissed the symptoms that the patient mentioned. The doctor may have thought the patient simply had a cold, but it turned that the illness was cancer.
#2 Your Doctor Fails to Order Routine Tests
There is a standard procedure for just about any type of illness. If the doctor does not order appropriate tests, a proper diagnosis may not be possible. This may ultimately result in a medical malpractice claim against the physician.
#3 Your Condition Stagnates or Worsens
There are all types of treatments available for most illnesses and diseases. If you do not get the proper diagnosis and/or the right treatment, then your condition may not improve and even significantly worsen over time. If your illness does not improve after a long period of time, you should obtain a second and third opinion and ultimately consult an attorney.
#4 Lack of Follow Up
After any treatment or surgery, your doctor should carefully follow up with you. This is not much different than a debriefing session after an action in battle. All of your medical options should thoroughly be discussed with you. All questions should be answered. You should leave your doctor’s office with a clear idea of how to ready yourself for the next step in your treatment plan.
#5 The Doctor Ignores You
All patients possess the right to have their medical treatment closely based on the proper standard of care. A vital part of that process is for the patient to clearly understand the path of treatment. If the doctor does not provide you with all of the necessary information, there could be a medical malpractice issue involved.
If you have been to the doctor or had a surgery performed and are experiencing any of the above warning signs, it may be in your best interest to immediately consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who specifically handle medical malpractice claims.
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