Most of us have probably experienced a doctor’s short attention span. Whether we are in the middle of explaining our symptoms or discussing our treatment options, it seems more often than not, doctors don’t pay attention. Perhaps they feel they know better, or perhaps it’s because time is money, but regardless of why doctors don’t listen, their inattention is dangerous to patients.
It should come as no surprise that misdiagnosis and doctor errors are a common occurrence. Without taking the time necessary to have a thorough and comprehensive understanding of the patient’s concerns and symptoms, physicians may choose an unnecessary path for treatment or even fail to treat at all. This valuable time wasted can be costly to patients in both measures of health and money.
While suffering a missed or delayed diagnosis may significantly impact a patient’s health, there are options after injury. Patients that have suffered an injury because of their doctor’s inattention or inability to communicate clearly may be entitled to compensation for their loss. After all, doctors are meant to treat a patient based on their overall presentation and symptoms. Choosing to treat a patient based on information a doctor has selectively heard is negligent. Likewise, failing to thoroughly explain a diagnosis, treatment or side effect is also negligent.
If you have been injured due to a doctor’s negligence, you may benefit by working with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. By holding doctors accountable for their negligence, patients may be able to save others from suffering the same fate, and may also be able to receive compensation for their injuries.