Medical malpractice is sited as the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States; some experts argue that it is the third-leading cause of death. With such high risks, you should almost always get a second opinion when it comes to your health if you can do so without placing yourself in further harm. If you feel that you have suffered injury or illness due to the negligence of your healthcare provider, or if you have lost someone you love because of medical malpractice, you most definitely should hire a lawyer.
Licensed healthcare professionals such as doctors, surgeons, nurses and pharmacists must take extreme precautions to avoid mistakes. In addition, individuals need to recognize the need to question their own healthcare, and never assume that something is correct just because the doctor said it is.
Confidence in Your Diagnosis
There are few illnesses that require emergency treatment. Outside of a heart attack, stroke, traumatic brain injury or severe bleeding, etc., you should seek a second opinion for your diagnosis. Cancer, heart disease, and other intense illnesses can be treated in multiple ways. If you are not confident in your doctor’s diagnosis, do not rush into surgery. As an example, one doctor may deem a cancerous brain tumor as an incurable illness, while another doctor will choose to operate with a successful, cancer-free outcome. Too often, patients take what their doctor tells them as the final answer when there are other options available.
Failure to Diagnose and Medical Malpractice
One of the leading causes of medical malpractice is a failure to diagnose. Physicians can get in a hurry or fail to think outside the box when diagnosing patients. Doctors miss signs of cancer or heart disease and cause the problem to progress to a dangerous level because they fail to diagnose. Get a second opinion and get the answers you need.
Tampa Medical Malpractice Representation
Contact the law office of Bryan Caulfield in Tampa to discuss your options if you or someone you love has suffered from medical malpractice.