You’ve noticed some worrying symptoms, and you seem to be feeling worse as time goes on. You make the decision to turn to a doctor and get the care you need. Instead of making you feel better, though, they prescribe care or give advice that makes you feel even worse. What can you do to protect your health and find out if you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is a serious issue that leaves millions of patients with missed diagnoses, incorrect diagnoses, and substandard care. If you suspect that you’ve been the victim of a negligent or undertrained physician, it’s time to talk to Feldman Legal Group. Call us at 813-639-9366 to set up a consultation right away.
How Can a Doctor’s Care Choices Make Your Situation Worse?
When it comes to medical care, a big part of providing the right care is knowing how to respond to patients’ symptoms. By piecing the parts together, they can order the proper tests and figure out what’s wrong. If they miss important information, order the wrong tests, or completely ignore relevant information, patients may suffer from a missed diagnosis or misdiagnosis. This leads to patients getting the wrong care or no care at all, and all the time, their condition continues to worsen. If your medical care is making you feel worse instead of better, follow these steps to get to the bottom of the matter.
Keep Track of Everything
First, document everything. This can be difficult when you’re in the midst of a mystery illness or injury, but it can really help you if you decide to seek outside care or legal assistance. Each day, take note of your pain levels, your symptoms, and any communication you have with your medical care provider. Take notes during medical appointments and keep them with your daily logs. In your daily logs, include information regarding any prescriptions you take because of your condition, any exercises or treatments you take, and how they make you feel.
Seek Additional Professional Opinions
It’s hard to admit that the doctor you try might not be trustworthy, but it may be what helps you get the care you deserve. If your doctor isn’t helping, schedule a second and, if necessary, a third opinion to talk to other care providers about what you’re experiencing. If they say the same thing as your doctor, it’s possible that what you’re experiencing is part of your condition and not the result of substandard treatment. If they have opinions that are significantly different from what your doctor said, it may be worth learning more about their advice and following their care recommendations.
Reach Out to a Medical Malpractice Attorney—Now
If your first doctor gave care instructions or advice that actively harmed you, you could be a victim of medical malpractice. After seeking a second opinion, it’s time to set up a consultation with a medical malpractice attorney and bring all of your documentation and evidence to them. At Feldman Legal Group, we’ll use our extensive background in medical malpractice to review your case, examine the care provided by your doctor, and tell you what your legal options are. The sooner you connect with an attorney, the sooner you can get on the path to recovery with the care you deserve. Set up a consultation with Feldman Legal Group now by calling us at 855-442-8173 or contacting us online.