You’ve been able to shake off most illnesses and injuries yourself over the years. However, you’ve recently come down with a condition that requires medical intervention.
As a patient, medical staff owe you a legal duty of care. Ultimately, your life is in their hands and their conduct must reflect this.
Unfortunately, a minority of doctors fail to adhere to this principle. Has your doctor acted unprofessionally?
Have you been left waiting?
Hospitals and medical facilities are busy places, and staff frequently have a heavy caseload. While this can be challenging, it is part of a doctor’s job to manage this effectively. You shouldn’t be made to suffer or wait around too long because they are busy. Did you need to have a lengthy consultation before you entered surgery, but your doctor failed to show up until the last minute? Have you been left for hours in severe discomfort before being seen? You shouldn’t have to go through this and it may be a sign that your doctor has an unprofessional attitude toward you.
Were you misdiagnosed?
After seeing your doctor, they made a prompt and confident diagnosis. This reassured you at first. Unfortunately, it later turns out that they have diagnosed you with the wrong condition, and you’ve been receiving inappropriate treatment as a result. While doctors should be confident, this confidence should not cross the line into complacency or arrogance. When your life is at stake, no stone should be left unturned.
You have a choice
You’re not obliged to accept treatment from a doctor that makes you feel uncomfortable. If you have suffered harm because of inappropriate decisions, you may have a legitimate claim for medical malpractice. Reaching out to someone with knowledge in this field will help you to obtain justice.