A: We put a lot of trust into our doctors. Unfortunately, doctors can make mistakes – and those mistakes can put your health at risk. So how can you tell if your doctor is guilty of medical malpractice?
Did the doctor ask if you had any questions?
Patients are often confused, scared or shocked after a diagnosis. Your doctor should prompt you for questions on your condition and your treatment to make sure you are fully aware of your situation and the risks of your continuing care.
Did the medical staff answer your questions to your satisfaction?
When you asked your caregivers about your condition, did they answer you completely? Were you informed of all types of treatment, as well as other possible diagnoses? Did they answer all of your questions patiently, rather than being dismissive or disrespectful?
Did you get better with treatment?
If your condition was misdiagnosed, then the course of treatment you have been prescribed could be ineffective. If your condition does not get better–or gets worse–after treatment begins, your doctor should actively re-evaluate both your diagnosis and treatment and keep you constantly informed while doing so.
Did your physician follow up with you?
If you received treatment, a medical procedure or a new prescription, your doctor should contact you within days to check up on your condition. Failure to do so is negligence on his part, as it indicates that he is not invested in your care. If your doctor failed to perform his duty, he may be guilty of negligence. For a free consultation on your case, Call Florida medical malpractice attorney at 561-845-2510 today at Fetterman & Associates.