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Common Mistakes Your Family Doctor Might Make

Steve Wagner

Your family practice doctor (PCP) may be someone who you’ve seen so often that they begin to feel like an actual part of your family. But the truth is, they are just as capable of making critical errors as any other physician, specialist, or medical practitioner you might see.

As your first line of defense against so many medical issues, your family doctor can end up being fully responsible for whether or not you receive the right kind of care for your injuries or illnesses. These are some common ways that family practice doctors often cause malpractice issues for their patients:

  • The “wait and see” approach: It may seem like a familiar and even safe option when your doctor says “well, let’s just wait and see what happens”. But this kind of treatment could be borderline neglect, and could cause patients with more serious issues to not get the treatments they need in time to help. If your doctor suggests a wait and see approach, ask them for the evidence behind that type of care, and if they would give that type of treatment to their own family members.
  • Delayed care or treatment: It may be as simple as their office staff overbooking them, but you shouldn’t have to wait weeks to see your doctor for a medical issue you are having today. Having an accessible care provider is essential.
  • Negligent care: While negligent care can seem similar to “wait and see” or delayed care, it differs in the way the doctor handles the situation. If you feel like your doctor is blowing you off, or not treating your injury or illness as seriously as you feel it needs to be treated, seek a second opinion immediately. Watch out for doctors who want to run excessive amounts of tests as well. Many times, these doctors are either trying to cover up an error, or trying to make an extra buck off of your insurance. Don’t be fooled.
  • Negligent maternity care: A doctor who assumes your pregnancy is fine, but doesn’t do anything to address your concerns or complaints, is a doctor who is potentially setting him or herself up for a possible wrongful death or medical malpractice lawsuit.
  • Failure to gain informed consent: Did your doctor even ask you before they performed that procedure or ran that test? Did they tell you about the side effects of the drug they prescribed? Did you know and understand everything they were doing? If not, they didn’t take the time to explain it well enough and that blame rests solely on their shoulders.

Mistreated by a Family Doctor? – Don’t Assume It’s Normal

Just because you’ve seen that doctor your whole life, or they came highly recommended by a friend doesn’t mean the treatment they gave you was adequate or sufficient. If your condition worsened after you saw the doctor, denied informed consent, or injured at the hands of your doctor, call the medical malpractice attorneys at Wagner Reese.

You can reach our offices to schedule a free, confidential, private meeting with our malpractice attorneys to discuss your case. We understand that discussing medical conditions is a sensitive issue, and we promise you will be met with compassion, understanding, and professional assistance. Call our offices to schedule your free appointment. (888) 204-8440.


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