Continuing from 5 Indications You May Have Been the Victim of Malpractice (Part 1), the following discusses three more common signs of malpractice that all patients should be aware of when they are receiving care from medical professionals. While Part 1 of this blog took an in-depth look at why patients should be suspicious when doctors only use one test to make diagnoses and when health care professionals fail to answer their questions, here in Part 2, we will discuss the following:
Sign 2: Your doctor does not answers your questions
When you receive a diagnosis of a particular condition, it’s common that you will have questions about your prognosis, your treatment options and other aspects of your care. A well-trained, experienced health care professional should be able to answer most of your questions (even if some of those answers involve uncertainty and/or the need to do some research to find the answers to your questions).
When doctors and other health care professionals avoid answering your questions by, for example, leaving the room or shutting down a discussion, you should be suspicious. This type of behavior is not only odd but it may also be a sign that the health care professional has made a mistake with your diagnosis and/or treatments.
Sign 3: Your symptoms don’t seem to match your diagnosis
The point of an official diagnosis is to explain why patients are experiencing specific symptoms. When a diagnosis cannot explain why patients are experiencing certain physical or mental phenomenon, then it’s likely that there may be another health problem in play and that the doctor failed to recognize the symptoms of this other condition. Misdiagnoses – including both delayed diagnoses and the failure to diagnose conditions – are one of the most common types of malpractice claims, with more than 35 percent of all settlements paid out to malpractice victims being associated with diagnostic errors.
If you have been diagnosed with a condition and you are experiencing symptoms that cannot be explained by your diagnosed, be suspicious, question the diagnosis and get a second option. You could have been misdiagnosed, and the delay in a proper diagnosis may have caused the actual condition to have worsened.
Look for the upcoming conclusion to this blog for two final signs of malpractice that all patients should be aware of.
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