An Overreaction or a Mixed-Up Doctor?

Jun 08

When you have a funny feeling that something’s not quite right with your body, your second step is usually to go to the doctor. I say the second step because most of us tend to do a quick search on the internet to find out if we have some rare, terminal condition. Of course, we realize that that’s probably not the case, and that’s when we make the trip to the doctor.

After taking your height and weight, the doctor asks about your family history. They’ll then run a battery of tests and scans on you. If you think it’s something as simple as strep throat or the flu, they’ll probably take your temperature and then swab the inside of your mouth. This is so they can take a culture and see what bacteria may be lurking in there. After, you’ll probably get sent home with prescription for antibiotics and a doctor’s note to take the day off and rest.

Sometimes our issues don’t have that clear of a solution. Certain symptoms are indicative of a larger problem, but present themselves as only being minor inconveniences. A lot of doctors can chalk headaches up to stress, caffeine withdrawal, or even a sinus infection.

They can send their patients home with little-to-no advice, and then the patient is forced to fend for themselves. This is an increasingly common problem with women’s healthcare. Severe cramps or other issues regarding menstruation get written off as the woman being “overdramatic,” and their doctor tells them to take ibuprofen and use a heating pad.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (or PCOS) and endometriosis are two different issues regarding the female reproductive system that often get overlooked.

When patients aren’t listened to, their health only deteriorates. Many choose to stop seeking care for fear that they’ll be ignored again. Hopefully, they’ll keep looking for a doctor who will actually take the time to sit down and listen to them.

Any doctor worth their salt won’t stop searching for answers until they find the solution. Sadly, this often comes at the patient’s expense. In the time it took them to find a decent doctor, the issue that was plaguing them will have had time to get that much worse.

This means that treatment will be more costly than it should have been, and sometimes the best doctor isn’t covered by the patient’s insurance policy. Chapman Injury Lawyers know how hard it is for a patient to cover their bills when their original doctor has failed to diagnose them properly. If you feel like your doctor wasn’t doing all that they could to help keep you safe, get in contact with an attorney that will listen to you and hold the doctor accountable for their malpractice.

A doctor’s poor oversight shouldn’t cost you your health or financial wellbeing. Just because your doctor has failed you doesn’t mean a lawyer will too. Fight for your own right to healthcare; not only will you be helping yourself, but you’ll also be protecting the next potential victim from a bad doctor.

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