We want to put as much faith as possible in our doctors. A great doctor puts all their medical knowledge to work for all patients. However, doctors are humans and mistakes happen. These mistakes aren’t necessarily out of maliciousness. Yet, they can have long-term consequences. To help you know whether or not your doctor has harmed you, here are the signs that you should look for.

Ineffective Treatment

Not all treatments are an instantaneous cure. However, while some take longer to react than others, there should still be a difference. If nothing has changed following your treatment, your doctor might have committed malpractice. They might be trying to get your hopes up through less effective treatments. This is both selfish and dangerous of them. It’s also something that will get back to them sooner rather than later.

Further Pain

It’s bad enough if your treatment did nothing. However, it’s entirely more severe to feel even worse following treatment. It might be a surgery that leaves you feeling sore weeks later. Listen to what your body has to say. If you find yourself agonized by pain, it could be due to your doctor. Get in touch with them as soon as possible to determine how this could have happened. You don’t deserve to bear any more pain than you have to.

Avoiding Questions

A good doctor is one who addresses your needs immediately and clearly. If you need to know something, they should be ready to answer. If they seem brusque or unsure, you should be concerned. The reason we have doctors is that we trust them to have medical knowledge. Your doctor not answering your questions could be due to fear of retribution. If you need clear information, call a lawyer, like those at Shay & Associates, who deals with malpractice cases. They’ll work with you to develop a case and bring justice to your doctor.

Wrong Medication

When your doctor prescribes medication, they need to understand exactly why it will be effective. Any doctor should ask the proper questions before prescribing. These should go into your medical history. The wrong prescription could be ineffective or have disastrous consequences. The burden of responsibility should not fall on you or your pharmacist. It should fall on your doctor for being so willfully irresponsible.

You have an absolute right to quality medical care. If you believe your doctor’s treatment was harmful rather than helpful, you need to take action. Don’t let yourself and your health be taken advantage of.

Author's Bio: 

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys kayaking and reading books by the lake.