No one knows your body quite like you, and when you feel less than your best, you probably schedule an appointment with your West Virginia physician so he or she can tell you what the problem is and how you can feel better. Regrettably, though, many doctors misdiagnose certain serious medical conditions, and when they do this, it can have serious and potentially even life-threatening repercussions. At Gellner Law Offices, we recognize that some mistakes by doctors constitute medical malpractice, and we have helped many clients figure out whether they have valid malpractice claims after a misdiagnosis. Not all inaccurate diagnosis is malpractice, but an inaccurate diagnosis could be medical negligence if the doctor fell below the standard of care.
Having a good relationship with your doctor is a must. Of course, you want your medical staff to have skill and knowledge, which ensures you receive quality care. There are many other factors that come into play when looking for a doctor, including personality types and listening ability. Everyday Health explains a few of the many valid reasons you might consider changing doctors.
Even though incidents of medical malpractice may vary in regards to what actually happened, many of these situations have one thing in common: communication was lacking. Health care professionals in West Virginia must communicate with each other and streamline their efforts to disseminate information between parties in a way that is concise and thorough.
Many people in West Virginia rely on Medicaid to supply them with medical insurance. If you are one of these people, this coverage is probably very important to you. However, it can be taken away if abused. It does not even have to be you who abuses it. Medicaid fraud put everyone at risk of losing benefits. There are several ways a doctor may commit this type of fraud.
Following your trip to your West Virginia doctor, you may receive a drug prescription for your newly diagnosed medical disorder. Naturally, you expect that your physician has done due diligence in making sure you have the correct medication or that your pharmacy will fill the correct order. However, sometimes a patient can end up with the incorrect drug.
There are many situations where people in West Virginia may not be happy with a health care provider, but how can you know when your situation goes beyond just being unhappy and is an actual case of medical malpractice? The answer lies in the law, which is very specific as to what needs to be proven in order for a charge of malpractice to be levied.
Medical patients should understand the possible risks that come with any treatment for their illness, condition or injury. A failure on the part of a West Virginia physician to relay this information can result in a patient agreeing to a treatment that can result in harm or injury.
Anyone who goes to emergency rooms in the Wheeling area expects to receive immediate treatment for what ails them. They understand that there may be times when they must wait longer than expected due to priority being given to patients who have more serious conditions and life-threatening injuries. They might not realize there is a high-risk of things going wrong in emergency rooms. Many emergency rooms across the country are understaffed. The health care professionals who work in them are overworked and stressed. According to MSU Today, "mistakes and never events are more likely to occur" as the amount of stress physicians and health care workers experience increases.