How to describe symptoms to a doctor – injury lawyers in West Yorkshire
In order to get the right diagnosis when you visit your doctor, you will need to describe your symptoms thoroughly and appropriately. If you miss anything out, or aren’t able to describe exactly what you are dealing with, then it is likely that you doctor will misdiagnose and thus mistreat you, causing your illness to last longer.
If your doctor misdiagnoses you due to their own negligence, then you may be able to claim compensation for the mistake. But if the fault is yours, for not giving them all of the information they need, then there is nothing you can do.
Here are some tips on describing the symptoms of any illness or injury to your doctor.
- List your medical history. Include anything relevant to your illness, and anything major that has happened in your lifetime. This will help your doctor to rule out any ongoing illness or injury. It will also help you to answer any questions about your medical history accurately.
- Keep your main reason for seeing the doctor simple. This will help your doctor to narrow down the options immediately. Don’t list a number of symptoms immediately, but tell the doctor the one or two which has caused you to make the appointment.
- Make a note of any times and dates. You will want to tell the doctor when this began, and when symptoms have flared up and died down. This will help your doctor to understand what may be causing the symptoms, or whether your patterns match those of any illness they already know about.
- Tell the doctor what helps with the pain. Some medications and cures will not help with certain illnesses, if you can let your doctor know what helps, then they can work out what your symptoms do not add up to.
How to claim compensation using injury lawyers West Yorkshire
If you are sure that the mistake made with your diagnosis was the fault of your doctor and not you, then you may want to find injury lawyers West Yorkshire and make a claim for compensation.
The best way to find out if you are eligible for compensation is to speak to Accident Advice Helpline on: 0800 689 0500.
The helpline has over 10 years’ experience with personal injury compensation claims, so you know that you are in safe hands, and you will speak to the friendly, helpful team about your case and work out with them whether you have a good chance of getting the compensation you want.
If you do have a good case for compensation then you will be passed over to injury lawyers West Yorkshire, who will work on a 100% no win no fee basis to get you the compensation you deserve. You shouldn’t have to go to court, and can call the helpline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Date Published: 27th November 2013
Author: David Brown