Tennessee residents should stay on alert about what may constitute medical malpractice. While some medical mistakes appear apparent, some do not appear as anything except an oversight.

The highest incident of medical malpractice is a failure to diagnose. While it sometimes takes the shape of misdiagnosis, a doctor may claim the symptoms did not justify a direction of care. The professional staff at Scott & Cain, Attorneys at Law, want to provide you with further information on how a doctor’s negligence may lead to no discernable diagnosis.

Ignoring patient’s complaints

Many people maintain a regular schedule of doctor checkups while some only go when they feel sick. Regardless, reporting an issue is vital to ensuring a doctor has all pertinent information. Doctors may hear redundant information from patients, and this may lead them to ignore some of these symptoms. If a patient continues to assert that something is not quite right, a doctor’s duty of care includes a complete examination and diagnostic course to get to the root of the problem.

Taking a wait-and-see stance

There may not exist discernable evidence that pain is occurring, and sometimes doctors may take a wait-and-see approach. During this time, a patient may get sicker, or new symptoms may crop up. If a doctor continues to wait it out until the “just right” symptom appears, it may have catastrophic consequences for the patient. A doctor is negligent if not attending to what ails the patient and trying to fix it in some realistic way.

Medical negligence raises red flags when a doctor refuses to diagnose a patient’s symptoms. Access our website to find further information on how to handle medical personnel who fail to act.