When a doctor or medical facility makes a mistake during your care, it may rise to medical malpractice. Florida healthcare providers should do everything possible to ensure they do no harm while administering to your needs.
However, when does a misstep become malpractice? When a medical provider acts negligently, and that hinders your care or sets back your recovery, it may qualify as malpractice. Find out more about what is and is not negligent behavior.
A slow diagnosis
Feeling ill may necessitate a trip to the doctor. When you get facetime in the office, you believe it is best to describe all of your symptoms. After hearing you out, the doctor may follow up and request testing or not. If your symptoms should lead the doctor to investigate further, and that does not happen, you may get worse. A slow diagnosis or a failure to diagnose may mean you do not get the proper treatment in time to save you from further pain and hardship. If a doctor should have acted upon your symptoms further, it may qualify as malpractice.
A wrong diagnosis
In some instances, a doctor may read test results and make a diagnosis. Your treatment may make you worse, not better. Down the line, you may find out that the doctor’s diagnosis was wrong, and the treatment ineffective against what ails you. While a misdiagnosis may occur due to similar symptoms, if another medical practitioner makes the right call after looking at the same information, your doctor’s mishandling may become grounds for malpractice.
Getting sicker instead of better is not what you expect when seeking medical attention. Seek a second opinion if your doctor indicates no finding or your symptoms worsen.