Doctor Liability for Failure to Communicate Test Results
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Am I Entitled to Know the Results of My Medical Exams?
As the patient, you are entitled to know the results of your medical exams. All medical professionals are held to a high standard of medical care, and that standard of care includes informing the patient of the outcome of any medical test or examination that is performed on them. Your doctor should also inform you of the purpose of the medical exam, and also of any dangers or side effects that might result from the exam.
Why Would My Doctor Withhold Test Results from Me?
What Types of Damages Can I Obtain?
How Can I Protect Myself Against a Failure to Disclose?
- What is the purpose of the medical exam?
- What particular condition are you trying to diagnose? (it is not uncommon for doctors to mistakenly attempt to diagnose the wrong condition)
- What type of information will the test provide?
- Are there other ways to obtain such information?
- What are the risks involved with the test? Any benefits?
- What should I do to prepare for the test?
- When will I receive the test results, and how do I access them?
- What steps should I take after the test?
Another way you can ensure that you remained informed of your medical test results is to make notes on your calendar of when medical test results should be released and communicated. If you have not heard from your doctor on that date, follow up and make sure that they are up to date on your treatment.
It is also very important that you keep all records and medical receipts. These records and receipts may be useful in reminding yourself and others what tests have been performed on you and what test results you are currently entitled to receiving. Furthermore, these documents may be significant evidence if you do end up suing your doctor for failing to give your test results to you.
Do I Need a Lawyer if My Doctor Failed to Tell Me My Test Results?
If your doctor has failed to disclose the results of your medical exam, you may be entitled to legal relief. You should contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible while the events are still fresh in your recollection. An attorney can help specify your course of action if you have been injured as a result of your doctor’s errors. Also, a lawyer can recommend alternative legal actions that might be appropriate for your claim.
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Last Modified: 07-28-2014 03:27 PM PDT
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