Recognizing Medical Malpractice
Although the United States is known for having one of the finest healthcare systems in the world, medical malpractice remains a pervasive problem. In fact, according to a study released in 2005, autopsies show that up to 15% of medical patients die were treated for the wrong condition. The best way to protect yourself from injury by a careless doctor is to keep a sharp eye out for signs of neglect.
You may be a victim of medical malpractice if you have experienced any of the following:
- Your condition is not improving as it should. Yes, it is true that even the correct treatment can simply fail. However, if a usually reliable treatment fails to work for you, this could be a sign that you are not being treated for the right condition.
- You have requested a certain test for confirmation of your diagnosis, but have not received it.
- Your diagnosis is based on nothing but a lab test. Laboratory equipment is not perfectly reliable, neither are lab technicians. Never hesitate to seek a second opinion if you have doubts.
- Your symptoms are not consistent with your diagnosis. You do not have to follow your doctor blindly; you have every right to research your diagnosis independently. If you are not experiencing the predicted symptoms, you may have been misdiagnosed.
- Your doctor does not listen to your concerns. This may be the biggest indicator of an indifferent or negligent doctor. You deserve to have your questions answered and opinions heard.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of negligent health providers, contact the Racine medical malpractice lawyers Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 262-554-6200.