When you go to a Kentucky doctor, you assume that he or she will provide you with proper medical care. This includes giving you the right diagnosis for your specific medical concerns. Misdiagnosis is a serious problem, and it can result in serious problems for patients. If you did not get proper care and support when you went to the doctor, what are your options?
Misdiagnosis is one of the main reasons for medical malpractice claims. While doctors cannot guarantee outcomes to medical cases, they should do everything possible to properly diagnose patients and match them with the right type of care strategy. Failure to do anything less than this is unacceptable, and it can cause innocent patients unnecessary and preventable harm.
What can you do?
No one knows your body and your medical concerns like you do. If you think something is wrong, you should trust your instincts and keep pushing to get the right diagnosis for your specific concerns. Some of the things you can do to take control of your medical care include:
- Keep talking to your doctor — If you think something is wrong or there are issues with the care you are receiving, talk with your doctor. You do not have to accept the initial diagnosis or treatment plan as the final word.
- Do the research — You do not have to have a medical degree to do beneficial research on your own medical condition. When you have an understanding of what is happening, you can be a better advocate for your own health.
- Seek a second opinion — You have the right to keep pushing for the right diagnosis. This may mean seeking a second opinion from a different care provider.
- Ask questions if you have them — You do not have to be embarrassed if you have questions about the diagnosis you received or the care plan your doctor gave you. If you have a question, make sure you get the answers you need.
Misdiagnosis means that it will be longer until you get the right type of care, but in the meantime, it can also lead to a worsening of your medical condition. If you experienced this type of medical malpractice, you do not have to suffer alone. An assessment of your case can reveal the legal options available to you, which may include filing a civil claim against the liable parties. It is possible to hold liable parties accountable for your pain and suffering.