Many people see their doctors over the course of many years. For example, you may have been visiting your primary doctor for a decade or more. Other times, patients only come into contact with certain doctors or other medical professionals briefly, such as in the case of emergency room treatment.
It may cause some patients some hesitation to sue their long term doctor when the medical professional has committed an act of negligence. But note how mistakes can hinder one’s ability to heal and fully recover. For example, a delayed diagnosis of diabetes will cause the patient to feel sick for longer because proper treatment was delayed until the patient was properly diagnosed.
Throughout the time period in which a patient went undiagnosed due to medical negligence, he/she may have missed work due to illness, thereby causing lost wages. Further, the patient may have spent additional money, that otherwise would not have been spent, on additional medical care in a desperate attempt to figure out what was wrong.
Having an illness doesn’t only affect a patient in ways directly related to the illness. Quite often, sick patients experience significant stress that causes additional ailments. For example, stress can cause sleep loss, memory loss, depression, anxiety, chest pains, and it can also cause people to withdraw from social relations, among other things.
The symptoms of stress may compound a patients other illnesses. Once properly diagnosed, a patient may start to feel better after treatment progresses. However, patients may still feel anger or even resentment over not being properly diagnosed earlier in time.
One way to help heal from this type of emotional violation is to hold the medical professional liable for the extra harm he/she may have caused you. Being compensated for the time and money you lost when you missed work, and for the expenses for additional medical care, as well as the additional pain and suffering that you endured, might even be able to help you reduce the stress in your life due to these additional harms. You should seek legal help even if the negligence was caused by a long term doctor of yours; such a long term relationship should not get in the way of seeking the help that you deserve.
An experienced New York medical malpractice attorney will be able to help you ascertain if you have been the victim of medical negligence. Further, the attorney will be able to help you prove that the harm you experienced was directly caused by his/her negligence. And the attorney will help you quantify the loss you experienced.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, an experienced attorney can help you on your path to healing by holding those responsible for your suffering accountable.
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