Did you spend time in the hospital for an injury or illness and wind up regressing instead of progressing? Were you hurt during a visit to your physician, dentist, or other medical professional? It’s possible that you are the victim of medical malpractice, a serious issue that affects thousands of people in the Flagler and Volusia areas every year. Most victims of medical malpractice might not realize what happened to them because they don’t know what to look for after the visit to the doctor’s office, hospital, or pharmacy. Today, we will discuss five common signs that point to medical malpractice.
Failure to Order a Common Test
One of the first things you need to look for if you believe you are the victim of medical malpractice is the failure of your doctor to order a common test. A lot of injuries and illnesses have standard or common tests associated with them to aid in diagnosis. If this test was not ordered your doctor might be providing substandard care.
No Extra Tests Were Ordered
A diagnosis of a serious injury or illness should not be issued based on one test that is performed in the office. Diagnosing a patient takes time and should be done based on the consensus of multiple test results. If no extra tests were ordered for your situation then you very likely are the victim of medical malpractice. A single lab test should never be sufficient for a diagnosis, especially since it could wind up contaminated.
Lack of Follow Up
After being diagnosed with an injury or illness your health care providers should follow up with you. They should schedule at least one follow up appointment and should call you every now and then to check on your status. Your entire team of health care providers who diagnosed you, treated you, and guided you through recovery should be invested in how you are progressing.
Condition Fails to Improve
One of the most glaring signs of medical malpractice is when your condition fails to improve. Patients who experience setbacks after surgery or don’t see any progress during treatment could be dealing with something more serious than the doctors originally thought. Some of the most serious of issues include items being left inside you after surgery and surgeons performing the wrong surgery on their patients. These are mistakes that can prove costly and can be deadly and they need to be corrected immediately.
There Was a Delay in Diagnosis
You might be the victim of medical malpractice if your diagnosis was delayed. The delay needs to be long enough that it put you past the stage of the illness where if discovered early enough it could have been treated with somewhat of an easy procedure or medication. A delayed diagnosis almost always occurs when the common test for your symptoms mentioned earlier was not conducted.
Contact an Attorney Today
Were you injured due to the negligence of your doctor or other medical professional? Did it take too long for a doctor to diagnose your illness? If so, you are likely the victim of medical malpractice. It is in your best interest to contact the experienced team of Zimmet & Zimmet today to schedule a consultation. Call the office at 386-210-9901 to speak with an attorney. With more than 30 years of experience our team will help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
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