Is Failure to Perform Tests Considered Medical Malpractice?
When you do not feel well it is common to seek medical attention. With their education and experience, we hold doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals to a higher standard. We believe that they can help to figure out the cause of our ailments. This often requires conducting various medical tests. But what happens when a doctor fails to order the necessary tests? It often results in serious and sometimes even fatal consequences. If you believe that your doctor failed to order you the proper test, you may have a claim for medical malpractice and should contact an attorney to learn more about your options.
A Delayed Diagnosis Can Result in Serious Consequences
When the proper tests are conducted and the results are discovered sooner rather than later, physicians can take the right steps to care for patients’ ailments. But when a doctor fails to order the proper tests, the health of the patient can often worsen, sometimes even making the normal course of treatment much more difficult or even impossible. As a result, the patient often suffers physically, mentally, and financially. Oftentimes, failure to receive the right medical tests can even result in death.
There are times when doctors order the wrong tests, or simply fail to order the right ones. Other times, in an attempt to save money, health facilities make doctors jump through hoops before they are able to order certain tests. This is often due to the fact that insurance companies will not approve of certain tests without others being conducted prior. In such a case both the doctor and the facility may be liable.
For this reason, it is so important to understand your medical options. The more educated you are on your condition and your options, the harder you can fight to receive the proper medical tests. Always remember that it is your right to ensure that you receive all of the proper tests to determine your condition.
Contact an Orland Park, IL Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If you or a loved one believes that you have been denied an appropriate medical test or did not receive the proper care, you may have a claim for medical malpractice. At Schwartz Injury Law, we will work hard to see that justice is served and you receive fair compensation. To schedule a free consultation, call a Cook County personal injury lawyer at 708-226-9000.