Failure to Listen
Medical professionals are naturally inquisitive. They have to be. After all, there’s no way to successfully diagnose and treat a medical condition without first asking questions.
But what happens when a doctor doesn’t listen to the patient? What happens when a surgeon doesn’t think your answers deserve close attention? What happens when your health care provider ignores the responses you’ve provided? Many times, patients receive a level of care that falls below what medical professionals themselves consider to be the standard. When a patient is harmed or injured because of this sub-standard level of care, that’s medical malpractice.When Your Doctor Fails to Listen
In a study reported by the National Institutes of Health that Hannon Legal Group uncovered, a leading reason physicians faced legal actions against them was their failure to listen to patients—or the patient’s parents, in the case of vulnerable infants and babies who are too young to speak for themselves. As experienced medical malpractice attorneys, we can state without a doubt that medical malpractice is happening in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and the rest of Florida because healthcare professionals aren’t listening to their patients.
It may be that doctors fail to listen to their patients because they’re busy. It may be that surgeons fail to listen because they assume they already understand a patient’s situation. It may be that nurses are distracted. But Hannon Legal Group believes that you have a right to expect your medical provider’s full attention and that you have a right to be heard.What Makes It Medical Malpractice When A Doctor Fails to Listen To A Patient
Your physician can’t read your mind. They don’t know what you know about yourself. They don’t automatically know your family history. They don’t know how you’ve reacted to therapies, treatments, and medications in the past. They don’t understand exactly how you’re feeling until they listen to you describe your symptoms, your pain, and your discomfort. If your doctor doesn’t ask you about these things or refuses to listen well enough, the result could be a misdiagnosis, a delay in diagnosis, or a failure to diagnose your condition at all.
When a doctor, nurse, surgeon, or other medical professional fails to listen to their patient, they are simply not meeting the acceptable standard of care. If you experience pain, suffering, or loss—including the loss of a loved one’s life—as a result of a medical professional’s failure to listen to you, that’s medical malpractice. Your physician may be held liable for their negligent care and the damages their actions or inactions have caused. You and your family may be entitled to compensation. But it will take someone to champion your rights.What Damages Can a Medical Malpractice Victim Be Compensated For?
If you have been victimized by a doctor, nurse, surgeon, or other medical professional who failed to listen to you, you may be entitled to be compensated. Damages can be awarded for:
- Cost of medical care - A malpractice victim who has incurred medical expenses like doctor visits, hospital stays, occupational therapy, physical therapy, prescription drugs, assistive devices or other like expenses, can be compensated. If the injury is severe or permanent, you may also be awarded compensation for future medical expenses.
- Loss of consortium - That is, the loss of sexual relations, companionship, affection, and comfort within a marriage relationship. For loss of consortium damages to be awarded, permanent or life-changing injuries must have occurred.
- Loss of earning capacity - When you can’t perform your job because of the injury or injuries caused by a negligent medical professional, you can’t earn money. When that happens, you can receive compensation for a loss of earning capacity.
- Lost wages - The wages or salary you miss as you try to recover from injuries caused by negligent medical professionals can be awarded to you as damages. This includes cases where a doctor or nurse failed to listen to you.
- Pain and suffering - Victims have a right to receive compensation for pain they’ve experienced. This includes emotional distress, like anxiety, fear, frustration, depression, or other forms of mental suffering.
- Other damages - The above list is only general. Other damages may apply in your case. One of the experience malpractice lawyers here at Hannon Legal Group can help you determine what you can expect specifically.
At Hannon Legal Group, our experienced Florida medical malpractice attorneys have years of experience working with individuals who have suffered at the hands of negligent healthcare providers across Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties, as well as the rest of Florida. Your doctor or surgeon may not have listened to you, but we will.
To speak with a medical malpractice lawyer about your case, contact the legal team at Hannon Legal Group at (305) 358-3109. Or complete and submit a contact form today.