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Disregarding Patient History
Disregarding Patient History Medical Malpractice Claims
When you go to the doctor, you are usually asked to fill out several forms. Most of these forms relate to your medical history. You are also usually asked to give the doctor permission to access your past medical records. This is because patient history is critical to receiving proper treatment and treatment that will not cause further harm to a patient. Past medical history is relevant to current medical treatment in many ways. When a doctor fails to properly review a patient’s medical history, and the patient is harmed as a result, the doctor may be held responsible for medical malpractice.
Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is injured by negligent medical care provided by a doctor, hospital, or other health care professional. To bring a successful medical malpractice claim, you must be able to first prove that a doctor-patient relationship existed. You must also be able to prove that the doctor was negligent in providing adequate medical care. A doctor will be found negligent if he or she failed to act in a way that another, similarly trained doctor would have acted under the same circumstances. You must also be able to prove that you sustained harm as a result of the doctor’s negligence. If you have been harmed by a medical professional failing to provide you with the standard of care you deserve, you need dedicated legal counsel by your side. The experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Fazli & Associates are committed to providing the highest quality legal counsel to our clients. We know that they have already been through so much and we fight for their legal right to full and fair compensation for what they have suffered due to medical malpractice.
What Can Happen When a Doctor Disregards Patient History?
A doctor needs to be fully informed on a patient to make sure the patient is properly diagnosed and receives appropriate treatment. When a doctor disregards patient history, it can play a huge role in causing things such as misdiagnosis. Doctors use the differential diagnosis process in order to arrive at a diagnosis, or most likely diagnosis, for a patient. In the differential diagnosis process, the doctor essentially narrows down potential diagnoses for the patient through the gathering of information. The doctor will examine the patient. The doctor will order lab work and radiographic studies when it is merited. The doctor will also do things like review the patient’s medical history. Failure to take patient history into account during the differential diagnosis process can lead to the doctor arriving at an incorrect diagnosis. This means that the patient is likely to receive unneeded medical treatment that may cause a critical delay in receiving the care he or she really needs. When there is a delay in a patient receiving the correct diagnosis, there condition may worsen and they may develop other medical complications as a result of the incorrect treatment they receive.
Disregarding patient history can also lead to improper treatment even if the doctor arrives at the correct diagnosis. For instance, the doctor may prescribe the wrong medication or administer the wrong dosage if they do not account for patient history. Patient history includes things like allergies of the patient. Without acknowledging patient history, a doctor may administer a drug that the patient is allergic to and this can have devastating consequences. It may even prove fatal for the patient. These are all situations that are avoidable when a doctor upholds the requisite standard of care and does his or her due diligence when evaluating a patient and assessing the proper treatment options. When a doctor fails to take due care and disregards patient history, the patient will often needlessly suffer. Fazli & Associates stands up for these patients. We zealously advocate on behalf of patients injured by medical negligence because that is what they deserve.
Fighting for those Harmed by a Doctor Disregarding Patient History.
If you have been harmed due to medical negligence, the team at Fazli & Associates is here for you. We are here to answer your questions. We are here to advocate on your behalf. We are here to get you the compensation you deserve for the harm you have suffered. Contact us today.