We trust our doctors to keep us safe, improve our health, and help us fight illness and injury as effectively as possible. Unfortunately, not all doctors are committed to those goals. Whether you’ve undergone a surgery or simple received a prescription from a pharmacy, it is possible you have experienced medical malpractice.
When misdiagnosis, surgical negligence, or poor treatment result in additional health problems, medical malpractice has likely occurred. Make sure you understand the signs and symptoms of medical malpractice so you can immediately work with an attorney to pursue financial compensation for your suffering.
Sign #1: Your Doctor Won’t Listen to Your Concerns
Doctors are busy, there’s no denying it, but they have a responsibility to respond to your needs, worries, and concerns. If you feel that your doctor has essentially placed you on the back burner and is too rushed or frazzled to seriously listen to your concerns, medical malpractice could be brewing. These are the types of situations that usually lead to patients being provided false or incorrect information or diagnoses.
Sign #2: A Mistake Was Made
Every doctor lives by a code to “do no harm” to patients. Unfortunately, this does not always happen, and many patients experience injury, pain, illness, or even death due to a doctor’s preventable mistakes. This doesn’t mean that any unsuccessful surgery is grounds for medical malpractice, but it does mean a patient can sue for medical malpractice if it can be proven that the doctor did not act in the patient’s best interest and with the ultimate intent of helping him heal.
Sign #3: Your Treatment Doesn’t Seem to Match Your Problem
If your doctor has recommended or even performed a medical procedure that you believe is unnecessary for your condition, it’s important to contact a medical malpractice lawyer. Cases commonly arise when doctors utilize surgery and other invasive procedures when a simpler and safer method would have been more appropriate. Since you don’t deserve to be placed through any medical trauma, this could lead to a lawsuit.
Every state enforces its own statute of limitations on medical malpractice, so it is critical to contact a lawyer as soon as you suspect you might have a case. At the Law Office of Joseph P. Bartek in Bellingham, Washington, you can get all the legal help and support you need. Call (360) 526-8584 today to schedule your free consultation.