You may not always know if you are a victim of a medical malpractice. In other instances, you may never even know, or realize months or years later. But there are many different ways to conclude that you are a victim of a medical malpractice. You simply need to know what to look for and monitor your bodily operations after the treatments and medications.
So, how can you tell whether you are a victim of a medical malpractice? Simply look for signs and clues that we will mention in this article. There are instances where the signs are more than one. In other instances, the signs may not be entirely visible or easily detectable. But even so, your bodily reactions should still give you a heads up that something isn’t right. So, here are the clues and signs that you can look for to know whether you are a victim of medical negligence or not.
1. No medical improvement
In situations where you realize that your medical condition isn’t improving even after visiting a medical practitioner and starting your medication, you should start raising some red flags. This could be a sign that a medical malpractice occurred during your treatment procedures and decisions. But it is also wise to note that your body may not react to the treatments and/or medications immediately. So, it would be wise to give it some time and see what happens. Don’t wait too long though.
2. Insufficient tests
The moment you realize that the medical diagnosis you are being given is of just one test, start smelling something fishy. You may be about to receive an improper level of medical care. It’s no secret that medical tests can sometimes be misinterpreted or mishandled. And for most medical conditions, you need to have a couple of medical tests done in order to make the correct diagnosis. Insufficient tests, in most cases, usually leads to misdiagnosis which, in turn, leads to mistreatment.
3. Unanswered questions
As a patient, you have every right to be informed about what the medical practitioner who is handling you is doing about your health situation. Why he/she is drawing blood from you? Which kinds of tests will be done? How long do you have to wait? What were the results? What do the medicines you’ve been given do? How long do you have to wait before you start realizing some change in your body? Are there any side effects?
It is better to know exactly what is happening. This is your body, and your health on the line.
4. Obvious misdiagnosis
There are instances where a misdiagnosis which constitutes a medical malpractice is a lot obvious than others. Say, for example, that you went to a health clinic experiencing a headache and was given some painkillers without any proper diagnosis being done. Only to realize later on that you had meningitis or worse, brain tumor.
5. Lengthy delayed diagnosis
There are other instances where the medical practitioner takes too long to diagnose a patient’s medical condition. While it may not be a crime to want to be thorough with the results, sometimes trying to go a little faster may help save a life. Say someone is bleeding internally and the doctor is still busy analyzing the patient’s medical history.
6. Lack of follow-up
Doctors that don’t normally follow-up on their patients especially after performing major operations can leave you with question marks looking as to whether the operation was indeed successful or not. A good medical practitioner will follow-up on his/her patients. Schedule appointments, call, or text to check on how their patients are doing.