Once again, you’re headed back to Suburban Hospital to see your doctor. After three months of suffering with the same pain, this will be your tenth visit. At this point, you’ve become a pro at biding your time in the waiting room. You know all the nurses by name and you’ve even picked out your favorite room. Although it’s nice to be welcomed every week, the pain in your side is no longer bearable and a reasonable diagnosis for treatment should not take this long.
So what is the problem? Why have you had to suffer for so long and repeatedly come back to the hospital, only to consistently get told, “it could be this, so let’s rule that out first” or “let’s see if this works,” without getting a solid answer on what is truly happening?
Intentionally Drawn-Out Treatment Malpractice Is Financially Beneficial for Providers
Doctors aren’t infallible; sometimes an injury, illness or ailment isn’t immediately recognizable and your doctor must weed out the most dangerous and severe possibilities before accurately diagnosing your condition. However, some doctors may take advantage of this “weeding out” system to intentionally prolong treatment for financial purposes.
How does this work? Your primary care doctor, specialist, hospital, and even your pharmacist may all have financial incentives not to give you the treatment that will clear up your condition:
- More visits mean more co-payments and exam costs.
- Additional diagnostic costs for MRIs, x-rays, CTs, and other procedures can run anywhere from $500 to $5,000, and will be billed to your insurance or paid out of your pocket.
- Treatment costs skyrocket with each additional “potential problem,” creating more and larger hospital bills.
Now, just because your doctor is being thorough doesn’t mean he’s intentionally preventing accurate care. However, if you feel that your pain, injury, or illness hasn’t been correctly diagnosed or treated in a reasonable amount of time, or that you may be given the runaround with tests and diagnostics, seek a second opinion and contact an experienced lawyer to discuss your case for medical malpractice.
If another physician or expert witness can verify that a competent doctor should have been able to diagnose your issue earlier, or that expensive testing and diagnostics weren’t needed, you could have grounds for an intentional medical malpractice case.
Don’t allow your doctor’s greed, incompetence, or negligence to cost you everything. Contact us now for a free consultation. Let us convince you how our experience, knowledge, and diligence can work to get the settlement and justice you deserve. Call or contact us today!
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