Your doctor and other healthcare providers are often your most trusted supporters and confidants. When it comes to opening up about intimate, debilitating or even embarrassing medical problems, our doctor is usually our first port of call and we tend to trust them to be there to help us get through illness and pain.
The goal of doctors and health professionals should always be to promote your best health and well-being, providing well-researched, experienced consultation, diagnosis, and treatment for whatever it is you visit them to talk about. However, for many patients, this isn’t always the case.
When poor treatment, misdiagnosis, or surgical negligence takes place, it can cause a patient severe pain, discomfort, and even a loss of life quality. Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or health professional does not afford the right level of care and attention to a patient, causing complications or worse. It is a serious offence, and victims of medical malpractice are absolutely deserving of compensation for any unnecessary pain and suffering inflicted on them as a result. Do you think that you may have been a victim of medical malpractice? Here are some common signs.
#1. Your Treatment Isn’t Working
If you have been prescribed treatment by your doctor that isn’t working as expected, even after sticking at it for a long time, then this could be a sign that you have been misdiagnosed. Bear in mind that in some cases, misdiagnosis can be more common. However, your doctor should always encourage regular follow up appointments to ensure that they are on the right track with your treatment and explore possible alternative reasons for your pain.
It’s also worth considering that some courses of treatments, such as antidepressants, will take some time to work, so if you have only been in receipt of the treatment for a short amount of time it may be worth keeping going for longer to see if any changes occur. However, if your medical condition has been continuing to progress during treatment and your doctor is not interested in exploring other options for you, you may be a victim of medical negligence by misdiagnosis.
#2. The Treatment Doesn’t Fit the Condition
On the other hand, some medical negligence claims UK are due to patients receiving treatments that are too intense for their condition. This could be due to a misdiagnosis of a condition that is more severe than the one that you are actually suffering from, or down to doctors trying to get you to pay for private treatment in a bid to earn more money.
If you are currently receiving treatment for a condition and believe that it’s unnecessary, then it’s certainly worth looking into. Bear in mind that doctors and other healthcare professionals should only recommend invasive or surgical procedures as treatment as a last resort when all other options have been exhausted. If this sounds like your current situation, then the best thing to do is first get a second opinion to determine if the treatment is necessary and whether you have a case for filing a medical negligence claim.
#3. Your Doctor Doesn’t Listen to Your Concerns
Whilst most of us agree that a qualified doctor should always know best when it comes to healthcare problems, people tend to know when something isn’t quite right with their own health. Whether it’s medical or physical, if you feel that something is ‘off’ but your doctor does not seem to pay any attention to your concerns, then you may want to consider seeking help from medical negligence solicitors such as The Medical Negligence Experts, who offer free online guides to medical malpractice claims. This is especially true if your doctor’s lack of interest in your concerns has led to your condition worsening or you are being deprived of treatment that you need as a result. If it’s still early stages, then you might want to consider seeing a different doctor.
#4. An Error was Made During a Treatment or Surgery
Although doctors, nurses and other health professionals are only human and completely capable of making mistakes, the extensive training that they go through before qualifying is there to ensure that this is avoided as much as possible. Your doctor is under an obligation to ‘do no harm’ and should make sure that they are always compliant with strict standards of healthcare.
If your doctor has failed to uphold this with your treatment, and it has led to further pain, injury, illness or even death, then you are entitled to compensation. If an error is made, then your doctor and the NHS will also be under an obligation to put it right. Whether you’ve been given medication that has made you ill, or have undergone a surgery where a huge mistake was made causing you more pain and discomfort, get in touch with the best medical negligence solicitors to start your claim.
#5. You’ve Received a Completely Different Second Opinion
Getting a second opinion on a condition is something that many patients will do for their own peace of mind, whether they turn to another NHS doctor or visit a private specialist to have their condition confirmed.
However, if you have decided to get a second opinion and the diagnosis given is completely different from the first one that you received, then you may be able to claim compensation depending on how long ago you were given the first diagnosis. In most cases, a claim can be made if the patient has undergone lengthy courses of treatment or surgery before receiving information that their condition may not be what they think. Bear in mind that you may be required to go for further examinations to get a third or fourth opinion before medical negligence lawyers will take on your claim.
#6. Basic Tests Were Used to Diagnose a Serious Condition
If you have been diagnosed with a serious health condition, but this was done using only basic lab tests, then you may want to consider the possibility that you have been misdiagnosed. Serious medical conditions should be diagnosed using a range of tools, and in most cases, only after a second opinion has been sought and you have been examined and tested by a specialist. First and foremost, any diagnosis of a serious health condition should begin with a thorough examination and an in-depth discussion of your health concerns.
If necessary, your doctor will also conduct blood and urine tests, and/or use imaging and scanning to determine what is going on in your body. A failure to conduct a thorough examination before diagnosis of a serious medical condition may signify medical malpractice. If you were diagnosed by your GP without being referred to a specialist, this should also set off some alarm bells.
If you are in this situation, then it may be worth booking an appointment with a private specialist who is experienced in the condition that you have been diagnosed with. They will be able to conduct more in-depth examinations and tests and give you more information on whether you have been a victim of medical negligence UK.
You should be able to trust your doctor to have your best interests at heart when it comes to your well-being. Sadly, this isn’t always the case, so it’s important to be aware of the telltale signs of medical malpractice.