When you seek help for a medical condition, you are reasonable to expect that your doctor/medical professional will administer the right tests, prescribe the right treatment, and generally act in your best interests.
Unfortunately, this does not always happen. While mistakes can occur in any profession, they can be especially problematic in the medical field. Medical providers should act in the best interests of the patient at all times. When this doesn't happen, the patient can suffer.
Medical malpractice can happen in any area of medicine, and the warning signs may vary depending on the type of treatment/area of medicine. Here are some general warning signs to look out for:
- Condition doesn't improve: If you underwent a medical procedure and your condition doesn't improve or worsens, it may be a sign of medical malpractice. It is true that medical intervention does not always help. But a lack of improvement (or worsening of a condition) may indicate that something went wrong.
- Second opinion was different: If you sought a second opinion after a diagnosis and the diagnosis was different than your original doctor's, this may be a sign of medical malpractice. A doctor should perform all necessary tests when making a diagnosis.
- A mistake was made during surgery: Surgery is never an easy thing to go through, even when everything goes right. But when a mistake is made, the results can be devastating.
- Hospital was understaffed: When hospitals, clinics and other health care facilities are understaffed, mistakes can happen. If you were not given the attention you needed and you suffered injuries as a result, you should discuss the situation with an attorney.
- Unwillingness to answer your questions: Patients have a right to get answers from their doctors. If doctors and other medical staff are suddenly unwilling to answer your questions, and you suspect something went wrong, it is advisable to speak to an attorney as soon as possible.
Remember: If you suspect something is wrong - or if you feel as though you're not getting the answers you are seeking from your doctor - it may be time to talk to a medical malpractice attorney.
Free consultation: If you wish to speak to an attorney about what has happened to you, schedule a free, confidential consultation by calling 800-580-9121.