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Why it’s important that doctors follow up properly on test results 

On Behalf of | May 23, 2022 | Medical Malpractice

Your doctor asked you to do some medical tests because of an anomaly in your last visit. You’re told all the tests were done and you would receive a call for a follow-up appointment. The appointment would have made sure you and your doctor could go over any additional medical results. Your doctor may have even needed to prescribe you medicine or schedule you for surgery. 

The only problem is, that you never received a call to make a follow-up appointment, so you never got the medicine or surgery you may have needed. Whatever was wrong with you has gotten worse.

This has caused you worsening medical conditions. Your doctor’s failure to follow up has possibly made you a victim of medical malpractice. Here’s what you should know:

Doctors have a duty to follow up on tests and aftercare

Medical professionals must follow up with their patients, especially when there is a risk of health concerns. One of their many roles as medical professionals is to provide adequate care to their patients. That would include following up on test results, sending out referrals or giving you proper aftercare after a surgery or medical problems.

If a doctor fails their duty to contact you, then your condition might worsen. This could cause all sorts of lasting medical problems. This could cause you immense pain, infection, fatigue, complications or worse. 

Your doctor may have contacted and even scheduled an appointment. Your doctor may be at fault if you were not able to arrive at your scheduled appointment. Their failure to create urgency from your medical results could be seen as negligence. 

If a doctor’s negligence has caused you or a loved one pain then you may need to seek legal help that can provide you with your options.