The Signs That You May Be A Victim Of Medical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Everyone makes mistakes, and doctors are no exception. Still, avoidable errors or those that cause harm could have long-term consequences for patients. These are the signs that you may be a victim of medical malpractice.

You Receive The Wrong Diagnosis

Misdiagnosis happens when your symptoms are not in line with the diagnosis you receive. You might receive treatment for the wrong condition while the symptoms of your actual problem worsen. Misdiagnosis can lead to adverse health consequences that are potentially irreversible or life-threatening.

You Receive an Unsupported Diagnosis

Reputable doctors will carefully review your symptoms and test results before attempting to diagnose a disease or illness. A doctor must follow a specific diagnostic protocol because many symptoms are common to multiple conditions. A doctor who anticipates a particular diagnosis will not recommend treatment without conclusive proof to support it.

Your Health Declines After Taking a Prescribed Medication

A significant number of malpractice incidents happen when doctors prescribe medications incorrectly.  Mistakes concerning prescriptions can exacerbate or cause new health concerns or death and occur when a doctor

  • neglects to consider interaction with a patient’s other medications
  • prescribes medication dosages that are too high
  • prescribes drugs that can worsen a known pre-existing condition

Your Treatment Creates Avoidable Problems

A condition may warrant treatment that a doctor may adjust depending upon how a patient responds. Suppose a doctor refuses to change a treatment course even if it worsens your condition or causes another that affects your overall health or life quality. In that case, this may be a sign of medical malpractice.

You Receive Vague Answers To Questions

Doctors are unable to answer all questions or predict all outcomes with certainty. Still, a doctor should explain the reason behind an inability to answer a patient’s questions or discuss possible answers. Avoiding or providing overly vague answers to a patient’s questions regarding diagnosis, treatment or prognosis or dismissing a patient’s questions may indicate a doctor’s attempt to conceal a significant mistake. 

You Undergo Unnecessary Surgery

Doctors recommend surgical intervention when it is the best way to cure or improve a medical condition. Still, if you learn that your situation would be treatable with less aggressive methods or worsens after surgery, you could have a medical malpractice case. Sometimes, surgical intervention is warranted, but if a doctor operates on the wrong body part, this can cause irreversible consequences for a patient.

If you think you are a victim of a doctor’s mistake or negligence, contact a medical malpractice lawyer to discuss your rights and to determine if you have a case. 

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