You are your best advocate for your own health. After all, isn’t that why you get your physical every year? But your self-advocacy does not end upon leaving your doctor’s office. Unfortunately, many patients assume that if they do not hear back from their physician after an annual physical examination or after having undergone other tests that the test results must be normal. That is not always the case! Unfortunately, test results get lost, not properly reviewed, your healthcare provider may have an inter-office miscommunication as to who is to inform you of the results, etc. Under these circumstances, the patient may not learn of the results.
Recently a client of MCR went in for an annual exam and had a routine screening for a certain type of cancer. The patient’s test results showed a strong indication of that cancer. When the test was conducted, that cancer could likely have been successfully treated. Unfortunately, because our client was not timely informed of the results, the cancer became terminal. We successfully pursued this claim of medical malpractice for our client which led to a $1,000,000 settlement.
Whenever you have tests or lab work done, ask questions of your healthcare provider. Ask, the following:
- Why is/are the test(s) being conducted?
- When should I hear about the results from the test(s)?
- How will I be informed of the test results?
- What should I do if I do not hear back about the results?
- What do the results mean?
- Do I have reason to be concerned?
- Should I see a specialist?
The attorneys at Marks, Clare and Richards, LLC will be your advocates if you feel you have suffered from medical malpractice. Please call Jeff Welch or Ari Riekes at 402-492-9800 to discuss your case.