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Doctors are only human, so there is a chance that they could make a mistake in your diagnosis or treatment. Actually, this is quite a common occurrence, but the errors are so small, the consequences go by unnoticed. But there can be times when the negligence causes the patient to get sicker, or their injury becomes worse. What happens in these kinds of scenarios? Here is what to do if you think your doctor has caused you a health issue through negligence.
Get A Second Opinion
Don’t feel bad about turning to a different doctor for a second opinion. It is usually best to find a doctor at a different surgery. Before you appointment, make sure you write down everything you have to tell them. This way you won’t forget any of the symptoms or issues. You should also inform them that you are there for a second opinion. They will be able to look at your current symptoms and see whether they were caused by medication the other doctor gave you. And they will also give you the correct medication to get you back to full health.
Make A Complaint
As soon as you are sure that the first doctor’s conduct was the cause of your illness worsening, you need to make a complaint. You should be able to do this at the surgeries reception, as many now have opinion or review slips that you can fill in. The practice should respond to your complaint within a couple of weeks. However, you take your complaint higher if you wish to the medical board. These are the people who can begin disciplinary action against the doctor in question.
Get An Attorney
If there is no disciplinary action taken against the doctor, you could take your case to court to try and win some compensation. For this, you will need to hire the services of a Medical Malpractice Attorney. These lawyers will have more knowledge and experience in malpractices than regular lawyers. So they will know how best to fight your case to win. Most doctors prefer not to go to court. In these cases, they may pay an agreed amount to you out of court.
Of course, in any situation that ends up in court, you will experience a lot of stress and distress. So it is very important to make sure that you focus on getting back to full health. Once you have found a doctor who you can trust, be sure to visit him or her for regular checkups and medication. Try to relax and spend some time keeping yourself busy as a way to try and forget about the stress of the court case. Look after yourself just as you would if you were healthy. Get plenty of sleep, eat well, and try to exercise if you are able to. This will also help your mind process everything that is going on.
So remember that you should be number one priority in all of this. Your health comes before any compensation!