When Doctors Don’t Listen, Patients Suffer

We depend on our doctors to keep us healthy. When we go see a healthcare provider, we expect them to listen to us. That has always been a part of the doctor-patient relationship. If doctors do not listen, our health is put in jeopardy. No, really. Doctors who do not listen to their patients, they are putting their patient’s lives on the line. At The Weitz Firm, LLC we know that medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the US. Our firm is ready to help when you need a Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyer.

Why is this an issue?

Regardless of why a person is seeing their doctor, most people just do not like the process. If we are honest, most of the time, the shortest part of a doctor’s visit is the time we actually spend with the doctor. As you begin discussing your symptoms, your doctor is probably about to interrupt you.

Researchers say that “you only get seconds to talk before the doctor jumps in with a word, question, comment, or redirect.” A recent study found that:

  • 75% of doctors believe they communicate satisfactorily with those in their care.
  • 21% of people treated by those same doctors said their talks with them went well.

Somewhere, there is a disconnect. It is in that disconnect that patients suffer.

What is the harm?

We know our bodies, and we know when something is wrong. Yes, some people may overuse the internet to diagnose themselves, but in reality, we are the ones best positioned to tell doctors what is wrong. They should be taking cues from what we say, our medical histories, and their knowledge to guide the care they provide and the medications they prescribe.

When doctors stop listening, they could miss out on valuable clues that could be pointing them towards a proper diagnosis.

What are the statistics?

Medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins. They claim that as many as 250,000 people are killed each year due to these mistakes. That is far too many. While not all of these mistakes occur because a doctor did not listen to their patient, nothing good can come from a lack of communication between a patient and their doctor.

We are ready to get to work on your behalf

If you or someone you care about has been injured due to the negligent actions of a healthcare professional, please seek legal assistance now. At The Weitz Firm, LLC we understand that a medical mistake can lead to tremendous expenses for you and your family. Our goal is to investigate your case so we can secure the compensation you deserve. This can include:

  • Compensation for all medical expenses related to the mistake
  • Coverage of lost wages if you cannot work
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Punitive damages against the people responsible

If you need a Philadelphia medical malpractice attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 267-587-6240.



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