Cases of medical malpractice are more common than you’d think. In fact, it’s thought that nearly 200,000 patients die each year due to medical malpractice, with only a fraction of all potential cases being pursued. Being uninformed at the doctor’s office is a common form of medical malpractice that often slips through the cracks. Here’s what you need to know about staying informed at the doctor’s office.
Failure to Disclose
One reason many medical practitioners find themselves involved in a medical malpractice lawsuit is due to the failure to disclose or inform. This means that your doctor is obligated to inform you of any treatment risks, test results, alternative healthcare options–even those not covered by insurance–and the risks and benefits of any procedure or test you are subject to in a timely manner in order to allow the patient to respond appropriately.
Failure to disclose information often leads to a lawsuit because a patient may have made a different decision had they been medically informed. The point is that it a medical practitioner is not allowed to decide your fate, so by withholding information the doctor is failing to disclose valuable medical information and took away the patient’s right to make an informed decision about their health care. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or for additional information if you feel you are not being properly informed at the doctor’s office.
Wrongful diagnosis operates a bit differently than failure to disclose. This situation occurs when a patient was not given the correct diagnosis because the doctor failed to follow appropriate protocol that may have provided the patient with the proper diagnosis. This can range from misreading test results, to failing to order appropriate screening or failing to send the patient to a specialist.
For instance, if a patient was not told of a heart condition due to misread test results and then the patient suffers a preventable heart attack, the patient could create a case and possibly earn back lost wages and medical expenses. Although it was not intentionally withheld, like failure to disclose, it disabled the patient from making an informed medical decision.
Recovered Medical Expenses
Medical malpractice cases serve a specific purpose, primarily they are meant to cover economic damages like past and future medical expenses and lost wages. They can also cover non-economic damages, like pain and suffering, that can be given an economic value based on your case. For this reason, it is important to invest in a seasoned medical malpractice attorney to be sure you are receiving proper compensation for your malpractice case.
We want every wronged patient to receive adequate compensation for medical malpractice issues. For this reason, we want patients to know they have a right to be informed at the doctor’s office. If you or someone you know has suffered injury or loss due to a case of medical malpractice, contact Colley & Colley law firm in Austin, Texas for a free consultation. You may be entitled to compensation for your loss. Our seasoned attorneys are capable of handling difficult medical malpractice lawsuits.