1.03.2018

Doctor, Doctor, you made me worse!

When it comes to making sure you’re healthy, being able to trust your doctor is incredibly 
important. They should be giving sound advice which helps to keep you in good shape, and it 
should be done without costing you a small fortune in the process. It’s unfortunate, then, that so 
many people feel like the medical professionals they interact with aren’t always truthful with 
them, and it’s even worse that things can go wrong when you seek their help. 
So, to help you out, this post is going to be exploring what it means to rely on someone 
like this.




  • Can You Trust The Doctor?


A surgeon in the US will spend anywhere between three to eight years studying before they’re 
allowed to work on a person. For a doctor, it can take even longer, with some physicians 
studying for fourteen years before they’re able to do their job. Most people won’t dedicate so 
much of their life to a job like this unless they want to help people
Instead, medical professionals are often some of the most empathetic out there, finding it 
hard to hurt people or leave them without proper help.


With this passion in place, it’s very hard for a doctor to willingly hurt someone. Of course, 
though, accidents are called accidents because they are not purposeful, and the doctor you 
choose could impact your chances of getting out with a good recovery. In most places, it’s 
nice and easy to find resources which go through the different success rates of the 
professionals you have available. Of course, though, these numbers aren’t everything, 
and you might want to read some reviews, too.




  • What Could Go Wrong?


In the US alone, it is estimated that over two hundred and fifty thousand people died in 2016
as the result of medical mishaps. An accident during surgery like poorly dosed medicine or 
a miscalculated movement from a surgeon, is all it takes for someone to get badly hurt when 
under the knife. Of course, with tens of millions of people being admitted to hospitals, this still 
leaves your chances of survival being very high.


Sometimes, the medical issue you’re facing won’t be the result of an accident during surgery,
and could be a down to mistreatment or a poor diagnosis. In this sort of cases, the problems 
caused could be much more impactful on your everyday life. This is so common that it is 
estimated that each US citizen will be misdiagnosed at some point in their life. 
In most cases, this will be for minor issues, and the results won’t make life much harder. 
In others, though, you could find yourself suffering for a lot longer than you have to.


Healthcare-associated infections have become a huge issue for hospitals. Despite massive 
efforts to keep these places clean, it’s almost impossible to avoid some complications when you 
have so many sick people in the same place. In hospitals around the US, around five to ten 
percent of patients will suffer with an infection like this. This sort of problem is often not caused 
by the professionals helping you. But, of course, it can’t be ignored when you’re thinking about 
the risks of going into a place like this.


Of course, it’s unlikely that a doctor would intentionally kill you, and this sort of twist is reserved 
for the fake doctors you find on the TV and in Hollywood. Unfortunately, though, negligence and 
malpractice come in many different forms. It isn’t unheard of for crooked doctors to give people 
treatments they don’t need simply because it makes them more money. It’s unlikely that you’ll 
suffer this sort of issue, as most trying to take this approach will be caught very quickly.




  • Avoiding Issues


Avoiding the common issues you might find at a doctor’s surgery should be nice and easy. A 
good doctor, surgeon, or other medical professional will be easy to find if you’re willing to do 
some research. A website like Health Grades can help you to find a doctor with a track record of 
success with as many patients as possible. Sometimes, you won’t be able to choose any doctor 
you want, and will have to look into the practices and hospitals you use, instead. This isn’t too 
much different, though.


Along with researching the doctor you use, you should always be sceptical of their advice, too. 
While people in this position have to be very knowledgeable to do their job, they can’t always be 
right when they’re giving advice. For this reason, using websites like WebMD can be a great idea. They can teach you about the condition you have, while also giving you the chance to fact check what you’re told when you visit the professional you trust the most. A lot of people find this very 
comforting, even if it only proves your doctor right.


  • Making Things Right


You should always be able to go to a professional like this feeling confident that nothing will go 
wrong. Of course, though, accidents happen, and you might find yourself struggling after a 
treatment or procedure. In this case, you’re almost never completely on your own, making it
nice and easy to resolve a tricky medical mishap.


In a lot of cases, a practice will view a mistake that they have made as a bad mark on their reputation and will want to make it right as quickly as they can. Whether this is through a refund 
or free treatment to make things right, a lot of places will offer at least some support when they’ve done something wrong. When you do this, it is worth having a legal professional help you with the negotiations, as they will have their own team working to get the best deal.


If the practice refuses to help you or doesn’t offer enough to sort out your issue, it can be a good idea to look into the idea of litigation. Instead of asking yourself questions like 
what are common medical malpractice cases, you should be looking for help the moment you think you’ve been wronged. A lot of people will find it to be almost impossible to stand up for themselves in court or when trying to handle a legal battle. So, to get the help you need, you’re going to have to do some research to find a company which will handle everything for you.


Once something has gone wrong with a doctor, even if it was an accident which won’t happen 
again, it can be hard to trust them in the future. To make sure that your trips to the hospital 
remain harmonious, finding a new professional to help you throughout your recovery could be
a good idea. There’s nothing worse than feeling as though something could go wrong when 
you’re going through surgery or on medication. So, to avoid this, you should always do plenty of research when looking for your new doctor.

With all of this in mind, you might feel more daunted about your visits to the doctors than ever. 
In reality, though, the odds of actually suffering at the hands of a professional like this are very low, as most will work very hard to retain a high-level of quality in their work. Along with this, 
accountability is becoming more prominent in this field, with more and more unsuccessful surgeries being public knowledge. This makes it nice and easy to avoid someone who might not 
be fit to carry out your operation, and it doesn’t have to take months of research.

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