When visiting a doctor, you believe the doctor has your best interest in mind. A doctor’s top priority is ensuring you get the care you need to recover.
However, there are situations when you may believe that the doctor is not doing everything possible to help you address and manage your symptoms. It may help to familiarize yourself with the top incidents that may lead a doctor to become involved in a medical malpractice suit.
You go to the doctor to get help with a health issue. You expect to give the doctor a list of symptoms and in return, get some help understanding what is happening and how to go about fixing it. However, one of the most common mistakes doctors may make is in the diagnosing process. The three ways this happens are:
- Misdiagnosis – making the wrong diagnosis, resulting in an improper course of treatment
- Delayed diagnosis – taking too long to make a diagnosis, resulting in lost time treating a condition
- No diagnosis – failing to diagnose at all, leading to a worsening of the underlying problem
Doctors sometimes make mistakes, as they are human. However, there are times when these mistakes may lead to catastrophic results. Surgeons who make mistakes during an operation may find themselves facing a malpractice lawsuit. This is primarily due to the implications of surgical errors. The most severe missteps result in patient death.
Prescription medication is a vital ally in the fight against many conditions. There are times, however, that prescriptions may contribute to the decline of a person’s health instead of fighting against it. In these situations, an error may have happened on the side of the medical staff administering it or the doctor prescribing it.
If you feel like your doctor has done something to make your condition worse, you may want to speak with someone for guidance. An attorney dealing with medical malpractice may work on your behalf to recover compensation.