North Carolina Negligence Law

Medical Malpractice? Look For These Signs

In Uncategorized by Garrett, Walker, Aycoth & Olson, Attorneys at Law

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The goal of medical treatment is to come out of it better than you went in. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. Your condition may worsen or just stay at baseline. That can be very frustrating and disheartening to realize your doctor made a mistake that has cost you your health. However, keep in mind that a bad outcome doesn’t necessarily mean you are the victim of medical malpractice. Doctors are not miracle workers and often, even when they do everything they can, it is not enough. But if you suspect that your doctor committed a grave error or oversight, then you may want to consider your legal options.

As a personal injury lawyer explains, medical malpractice occurs when a doctor who owes you a duty of care fails to do everything in his or her power to treat your condition. Another example is if the doctor goes too far, doing things that he or she is not supposed to do according to the law or medical ethics. If you suffer an adverse outcome as a direct result of the doctor’s failings, you then have grounds to bring a medical malpractice complaint against the doctor, health care professional, or medical facility. The following are subjective signs that you may have a case for medical malpractice.

Your Physician Does Not Listen to You

You and your doctor are supposed to be partners working together to improve your health. Your doctor has many sophisticated diagnostic techniques at his or her disposal, but there is no way for him or her to experience your symptoms. The information you can provide about what you are feeling is invaluable to your treatment. Unfortunately, sometimes a doctor won’t listen to you or dismisses your concerns. A doctor should hear you and consider the symptoms you are expressing because you are the one in your body, so you know what you are feeling better than anyone else.

Your Diagnosis Doesn’t Make Sense

Your doctor has years of education and experience, but you have knowledge of your own body that no one else can equal. If your doctor gives you a diagnosis that doesn’t seem to match the symptoms you are experiencing, the first thing you should do is ask for clarification and keep asking until you get an explanation that makes sense to you. An unscrupulous doctor may try to charge you for more expensive treatments by giving you a more serious diagnosis. However, it may also be an honest mistake based on distraction or inattention. Nevertheless, you deserve and require an accurate diagnosis.

If you think you have been the victim of medical malpractice, make an appointment with a law firm near you, similar to Disparti Law Group. It’s important to the outcome of your case that your lawyer has represented victims of medical malpractice cases in the past. Through a consultation with a legal professional, they can determine whether your case meets the legal requirements and whether it is worth pursuing. If you decide that you want to proceed after that, then your lawyer can guide you onward.