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Do You Know The Signs Of Medical Malpractice?

You are being treated by a doctor, but you’re not getting any better. Is that medical malpractice? How would you know if it was? It is highly unlikely that your doctor will admit making a mistake that led to your condition getting worse. There are many things that can go wrong when treating an illness, and medical malpractice can be difficult to prove.

The medical malpractice attorneys at The Deratany Firm know what to look for to prove a doctor or other medical professional was negligent. But it starts with you. During your treatment, you may feel that something isn’t quite right. You know yourself best. If something feels wrong, take action to make things right. Contact our law firm.

We have listed some of the warning signs of medical malpractice. These signs alone don’t prove that your doctor or another medical professional did anything wrong. But they could be an indication something is wrong. That’s why an experienced medical malpractice lawyer should examine your case. If you suspect medical malpractice, contact us for a free case consultation. You can reach us at 800-529-7285.

Signs You May Be A Victim Of Medical Malpractice

You’re not getting better.

A doctor has started treating you, but you don’t feel as if your condition is improving. You may even feel worse than before. Or maybe you noticed a new health problem that started while you were being treated. There are many reasons treatment might not work. Medical malpractice is one of them. Your doctor may have misdiagnosed your condition or prescribed the wrong medication. You may want to consider getting a second opinion.

You were diagnosed based solely on a lab test.

A diagnosis should never be made based on a single test or result. There are many different medical conditions that could explain the result of a test. Also, one result could be due to a temporary condition or contaminated sample. There are many factors that doctors are supposed to consider before making a diagnosis. These include symptoms, a physical exam, different tests and multiple test results that show a pattern.

Your diagnosis doesn’t seem to explain all of your symptoms.

Only a doctor can make a diagnosis. But you know your body, and whether or not something is wrong. And a doctor’s diagnosis may not seem to explain all of the symptoms you’ve been having. Don’t ignore that feeling. A misdiagnosis can have serious consequences if you really have a different illness that is not being treated. Consider getting a second opinion to address your concerns.

It took a long time for you to be diagnosed.

Diagnosing an illness early is important, and can often improve the odds of a patient making a full recovery. This is especially true for illnesses such as cancer. When an illness goes undiagnosed, it isn’t being treated and can get much worse. In some cases, a doctor may take too long to make a correct diagnosis because of overlooked symptoms, lab results or misread X-rays.

You feel ignored.

It is the responsibility of all doctors and other medical professionals that treat you to answer your questions, keep you informed and follow up on your care. If your doctor doesn’t give you the information you are seeking, or stops communicating with you during treatment, it could be a bad bedside manner. Or it could also be a sign that the doctor made a mistake and doesn’t want you to know about it.