What to do if you think that your doctor is wrong and how to make an injury claim against them
Although your doctor will almost always know what they are talking about and be able to decide what is wrong with you and how best to go about resolving the problem, from time to time even doctors get things wrong. As it is your body, it is up to you to let your doctor know if you think that they have gotten something wrong, and that they need to look again at your symptoms to prescribe you something that will actually work. Remember that if you don’t say anything, you may allow yourself to undergo the wrong treatment for long enough that your illness or injury gets worse.
- Do your research. You know your body better than any doctor could, as only you are feeling the symptoms you are feeling. You can put these symptoms into an internet search engine and look online to see what else you might be suffering from, and then take this information to your doctor if you feel that what they have told you is wrong.
- Get a second opinion. As this is your health, you should never feel uncomfortable about asking for a second opinion if you don’t feel that your doctor is right. You may be able to get a second opinion within the same surgery, or you might have to go elsewhere to speak to another doctor or specialist, but you should try to get another opinion either way.
- Write down your symptoms. Make sure that you have told your doctor everything that there is to tell about your illness by writing down your symptoms so that you can take this to your doctor and be sure that you haven’t missed anything that could throw them off. You could leave a copy of this with them as well.
- Be forthright. If you think that your doctor is wrong, say so, and don’t be afraid to argue them down if you think that you aren’t being listened to.
If you do decide to make an injury claim in Suffolk
You should be able to tell your doctor if you think that they are wrong, and they should at least try to listen to you and take your opinions into account. If you feel that you weren’t listened to, and this caused serious complications in your illness or injury, you should call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to find out more about making an injury claim in Suffolk and whether or not you should be making a claim of your own. If you do decide to make an injury claim in Suffolk, the team will be able to work with you and on your behalf to ensure that your injury claim in Suffolk is successful.
Date Published: 17th October 2014
Author: David Brown