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7 signs of medical malpractice

Many people who have been injured by a medical practitioner wonder if their case is one of medical malpractice, and if they would have grounds for a lawsuit. Accidents do happen, and not every medical mistake equates to malpractice. That is true of procedures that were not performed correctly, illnesses that were misdiagnosed or not diagnosed earlier, and other concerns. In order to help determine whether you might have a case for medical malpractice, there are some specific indicators to consider.

1.      It took a really long time to get diagnosed - Your health care provider should take your symptoms seriously and follow up with tests in a timely manner. If he/she doesn't do this, you may be the victim of malpractice.

2.      Your diagnosis was made with basic tests - Your doctor should do extensive testing before making a serious diagnosis. Your symptoms should also align with your diagnosis. In addition, if you were never given certain tests you know are instrumental to your diagnosis, you need to seek a second opinion.

3.       Your treatment isn't working - Medical treatment should improve your symptoms or cure your illness. If that is not happening, you may have been misdiagnosed or your doctor may have ordered the wrong course of treatment.

4.       Your concerns are being ignored - Your doctor should listen to you and your health concerns. If you feel is if your doctor is not taking your health concerns seriously, you may be the victim of malpractice.

5.       There has been no follow-up - If you have serious health concerns, or were diagnosed with a medical condition, your doctor should be following up with you, ordering additional tests, ongoing monitoring or a treatment plan.

6.       You got a second opinion and it's very different - If you saw another medical provider and got a different diagnosis or treatment plan, it could be because your doctor was not being diligent in your care.

7.       An error was made - If a mistake was made during surgery or in your treatment, it may be due to negligence. In order to be found negligent the doctor must not have performed in a manner that would be expected of someone with that level of skill and training.

Determining whether your doctor acted negligently in your particular case will be very important to proving medical malpractice. If there was competence on the part of the doctor and an appropriate level of care, but human or diagnostic errors were made, there may not be any opportunity to sue and be successful. Working with the right attorney can help you determine whether going forward with a medical malpractice lawsuit would be the best choice in your particular case.

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