August 24, 2014
Medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., behind heart disease and cancer, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). While this fact may be shocking enough, what is potentially more distressing are the facts that:
- More than 1 in 20 Americans will be the victim of medical malpractice at some point in their lifetime.
- It can take months or even years before people become aware that they have been hurt by medical mistakes and malpractice.
Given the prevalence and impacts of medical negligence, as well as the fact that people may not know when they have been subjected to malpractice, in this three-part blog, we will highlight some of the most common warning signs of medical malpractice. People who recognize any of these medical malpractice signs in the course of their care are advised to consult with the Denver medical malpractice lawyers at Cristiano Law, LLC for a case evaluation and more info about their rights.
Medical Malpractice Warning Signs You Should Know…
1. Your Symptoms Don’t Match Your Diagnosis
While this may sound like a basic or obvious sign of malpractice, it’s not always so clear to people when they may be speaking with their doctors and they want to trust that their doctor will be giving them the right answers and guidance regarding their health and medical care.
The fact is that an appropriate diagnosis of your condition should be able to account for the symptoms you are experiencing.
If, however, you are experiencing symptoms that are not explained by the diagnosis you have received and/or the diagnosed condition is marked by some specific symptoms that you are NOT experiencing, then start asking questions. Mismatching symptoms to diagnoses can be a clear-cut sign of medical malpractice.
2. You Don’t Undergo Common Diagnostic Testing Before Your Diagnosis
In many cases, there will be at least one (or even a handful) of diagnostic tests that people will need to undergo in the process of being diagnosed. While such diagnostic tests can include blood draws or imaging scans (like, for example, CT scans or MRIs), there may be other testing like biopsies that should be ordered, depending on the nature of a person’s symptoms.
When common diagnostic testing hasn’t been ordered by your doctor prior to you receiving a diagnosis, again, start asking some serious questions. This can be a huge warning sign that you may be dealing with a negligent medical professional and that you have likely been misdiagnosed.
For our continued discussion regarding medical malpractice signs that you should be aware of, check out the additional installments of this blog series.
Denver Medical Malpractice Lawyer at Cristiano Law, LLC
If you believe that you may have been hurt by some type of medical malpractice, it’s time to contact a Denver medical malpractice lawyer at Cristiano Law, LLC.
When you choose the superior legal representation offered by the attorneys at Cristiano Law, LLC, you will be able to trust that your case is being handled with the respect and care it deserves, that it will not be passed off to inexperienced associates and that you will have the best chances of getting both the justice and compensation you deserve.
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