We trust doctors to do what is best for our health. Unfortunately, this trust can often blind us to mistakes, oversights and other errors — even when our gut is telling us something is wrong.
The only way to know for certain whether you are a victim of medical malpractice is to work with attorneys who can thoroughly investigate your situation. However, there are warning signs. If one of the following describes your experience with your doctor or health care provider, you may have a legal claim.
Your Treatment Isn't Working
If you have taken all prescribed medications, had required surgeries and undergone your doctor's entire treatment plan and your medical condition is not improving, it may be a sign that you have been misdiagnosed, or that your doctor has not prescribed the correct treatment plan.
Your Treatment Doesn't Make Sense With Your Diagnosis
If your doctor has ordered invasive surgeries or medications with severe side effects for a relatively common and nonserious medical condition, you may have a malpractice case. And vice versa: If your doctor does not seem to be ordering an aggressive enough treatment for a serious disease or illness, you may be the victim of malpractice.
Your Doctor Failed To Order Anything More Than Basic Lab Tests
Serious diseases are typically only diagnosed after extensive testing. If you were diagnosed with a serious illness after just basic lab tests, you may have been misdiagnosed. In addition, if you have serious symptoms and your doctor has failed to order anything beyond basic lab tests, that may be a sign that he/she is not taking your concerns, or your health, seriously, and could result in a delayed diagnosis.
You Got A Second Opinion That Was Different Than Your Diagnosis
If you received a diagnosis — or failed to receive one — sought a second opinion, and that doctor's diagnosis was different, that may be a sign that your original doctor did not do his/her job correctly. This is especially true if you sought a third opinion and the result was the same as the second practitioner who saw you.
The Hospital Or Care Facility You Stayed In Seemed Understaffed
Being understaffed is a major cause for medical negligence and neglect. If you spent time in a hospital or assisted care facility and your needs were not met due to staffing issues, you may have a legal claim.
There Was An Error Made During Surgery
Sometimes doctors will admit to an error, or complication, during surgery; other times patients discover that a mistake was made on their own. If you develop new symptoms after surgery that are unrelated to your original medical issue, or that indicate a mistake was made, you may be the victim of medical malpractice.
Your Health Care Provider Failed To Follow Up
Oftentimes, minor medical issues and serious diseases can share certain symptoms. It is your doctor's job to determine whether a medical complaint is a symptom of a serious disease or illness. If your doctor says you should have further testing, but never orders those tests, or says they will follow up with you to determine whether your issues are improving, but fails to do so and your diagnosis was delayed, you may have a malpractice claim.
Get The Answers You Are Looking For
If you believe you are the victim of medical malpractice, contact Gerling Law. Our lawyers will investigate your case and get you the answers you deserve. Call 812-266-9051 for a free consultation at our Evansville, Indianapolis, Louisville, or Owensboro office. Remember, Go with Experience. Go with Gerling.