When you visit a doctor with a health concern, you depend on him to provide accurate, complete medical care. Unfortunately, doctors can make mistakes, and these errors can have serious consequences. Read on to find out a few of the major signs of medical error and medical malpractice:
- Your symptoms don’t match your diagnosis. Though it is unwise to try to diagnose an illness completely on your own, it is a good idea to research any diagnosis you receive and make sure that it matches your signs and symptoms. If the description of your illness doesn’t seem to line up with what you are experiencing, your doctor may have made a misdiagnosis.
- Treatment is ineffective. Not all patients will respond equally to all treatments, but you should experience some relief after a treatment, even if you don’t feel completely well. If nothing has improved, it may be a sign that the treatment is not properly addressing your illness, perhaps because of a misdiagnosis or faulty treatment plan.
- You are experiencing unexpected side effects. Before any treatment or surgery, your doctor should sit down with you and explain the side effects associated with your treatment. If you experience strange symptoms that you weren’t warned about or if a procedure leaves you with increasing pain, you may have been the victim of an error in treatment or diagnosis.
- Your doctor is not answering your questions. Doctors who realize they have made a mistake will sometimes avoid the patient in an attempt to distance themselves from the treatment plan. You have the right to have your health questions answered by your physician; if he will not do so, contact another health care provider.
If you’ve experienced an injury or illness because of a doctor’s careless mistake, contact the Santilli Law Group in Chicago today at (312) 854-0943. Our personal injury attorneys can evaluate your situation and advise you about filing a medical malpractice lawsuit.
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