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Diagnosis: The Critical First Step
The most important part of any doctor’s job is to diagnose his or her patient’s illness or injury. Some of the most tragic medical malpractice cases our team sees are when a patient dies or is badly hurt by something that could have been easily cured. Many of these malpractice cases we've seen over and over again. Cases like:
- Cancer misdiagnosis malpractice
- Failure to diagnose compartment syndrome
- Failure to diagnose infection malpractice
- Failure to diagnose injuries during surgery
- Missed meningitis diagnosis malpractice
- Missed heart attack diagnosis malpractice
The shame of it is that modern medicine has the tools and tests that make proper diagnosis routine--if they are used, and if the doctor reads the results. But when doctors don't do their jobs, all of the knowledge and technology in modern medicine might as well not exist.
Tests that aren't used, and results that aren't read, can't save anyone's life.
The Main Cause of Misdiagnosis Malpractice: Doctors Who Don't Pay Attention
When you go to the doctor, the very first thing that happens is you fill out a form saying what's wrong with you. Then you go to an "exam room" where the doctor sees you--and the first thing the doctor does is to ask you what's wrong with you--why you are there. Doctors call this the patient's "history", and it is the most important part of the process of figuring out what is causing your problems and what can be done about it.
Nobody knows your body like you do, and no doctor can know what you are feeling--pain, disability, stiffness, nausea--without you telling them. Doctors are trained to use this "history" to select which tests and procedures to use to narrow down a diagnosis, and then to provide you treatment. Medicine has been following this basic procedure for hundreds of years, and still does--because the only way doctors can help a patient is if they know what is going on with the patient. And the only way for them to know is to listen.
Your doctor cannot order tests to see if you are having a heart attack if he doesn't listen to your complaints of chest pain. He won't know to suspect lung cancer if he is too busy to listen when you tell him about your breathing problems. And a doctor that has to see 25 children a day to make his quota may easily miss the signs of meningitis in a child if he doesn't spend more than five minutes with the child and her mother.
At Polewski & Associates, our team sees this basic rule of medicine broken too often. Medicine is too often performed as big business, with doctors spending five minutes with a patient and racing on to the next patient--often seeing 20 or even 30 patients in a single day. That's great for profits if you get to charge each patient $200 or more for those five minutes. It is terrible for the quality of care. Our clients have suffered terrible injuries, or have lost a family member, because doctors didn't take the time and effort to listen--and missed heart attacks, dissecting aneurysms, meningitis, cauda equina syndrome, and head injuries.
Putting profits over quality of care is never acceptable and is always medical malpractice. Your doctor owes his first loyalty and his attention to you, not his accountant or his bank book.
Making a Difference
Your diagnosis malpractice lawsuit is not only about fairness for your family. When people like you stand up and say "we're not going to let this happen again", your community is safer. Your medical malpractice or Wrongful Death lawsuit could save a life.
We're proud of our clients that took a stand for justice and for putting patient safety first. We’d be proud to help you, too.
Contact Us Right Now.
Don’t delay. Every day you wait to contact us is another day that key evidence could be lost and memories can fade. Every day you wait is another day your family doesn’t get the help they need and another day that your doctor won’t change the way he or she diagnoses patients. With top ratings by clients, top qualifications and experience handling virtually every kind of malpractice case, you can be confident that we’ll take good care of you and your family.
The time to act is right now. Please fill out our contact form, tell us about your case, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. Or you can call us at 501-404-0062 or 972-223-1810 today.