The measles have Florida patients concerned about malpractice
Posted in General on February 7, 2015
Vaccinations have been largely responsible for the decrease in many diseases that used to affect people in the U.S. As a result of the decline in the reported incidents of certain diseases, some parents have opted to turn down certain vaccines for their children. Some feel the vaccinations are simply unnecessary; others fear they could harm the child’s health. Unfortunately, this practice of choosing not to vaccinate has led to the return of measles. Unvaccinated people, particularly children, are vulnerable to contracting this disease.
The return of measles cases, the highest number since 2000, has triggered a concern about misdiagnosis and inadequate treatment. Many doctors have not personally diagnosed or treated a patient with measles due to the diminished number of cases. Thus, some patients will find themselves at risk of a misdiagnosis or a delayed diagnosis. A doctor’s mistake of this magnitude could have serious consequences for the patient, including death.
A patient can only be properly treated for a medical condition if the diagnosis is accurate and timely. If a doctor fails to recognize the nature of a patient’s condition and the patient is subjected to physical or emotional damage, malpractice may be involved. A doctor is obligated to provide care to patients according to certain medical standards. In order to determine if the doctor has failed to meet these standards, it will need to be proven that another medical professional that is similarly trained and experienced would have made the same choices as the doctor accused of negligence.
If a doctor fails to provide safe and reasonable care, the victim may want to take legal action. An experienced personal injury lawyer could be instrumental in seeking compensation on behalf of the victim.