Often, the accidents that leave Providence residents with severe injuries are the result of their own negligence. Should such injuries require medical treatment, the healthcare providers who provide that treatment are still expected to do so to the best of their abilities. If that expectation is not met, both sides are often left blaming the other for the resulting consequences that accident victims are left to deal with.
While every patient in Providence is different and the way that one responds to the manifestation of an ailment may be unique, there are established standards of care that healthcare providers are expected to follow when patients present to a hospital or clinic. Depending upon the symptoms that patients are showing, providers are expected to assess and prioritize their needs for treatment accordingly. There are some symptoms that could potentially indicate very serious problems. Patients complaining of such symptoms often need to be seen immediately to see if these problems are actually occurring within them.
Despite all of the advances made in the medical industry in recent years, medicine can still be classified as an evolving science. Doctors and other healthcare providers in Providence and across the rest of the country see countless patients day after day, most of whom are suffering from fairly common ailments. It’s through the experience in spotting and treating these ailments combined with their education that helps healthcare providers to hone their diagnostic skills. Yet unfortunately, not every doctor can be right in his or her diagnosis all of time. When a misdiagnosis does occur, patients may suffer from delayed treatment while their doctors open themselves up to accusations of negligence.
Patients in Providence place a great deal of trust in their healthcare providers. Advances in imaging studies, laboratory science, and other diagnostic services leave many under the impression that a definitive diagnosis is all but certainty any time they present to their doctors with problems. Yet even with these tools, doctors are still often left with having to diagnose patients off of their signs and symptoms. It’s at this point that their advanced education, training, and years of experience come in handy. While no doctor is infallible, the standard of care is that they should be able to properly diagnose the patient or at least refer him or her to another specialty provider who can. A failure to meet this standard may be met with accusations of negligence.
The key to successfully overcoming many debilitating diseases is early detection. Most healthcare professionals recommend that patients be seen as soon as symptoms begin to develop. However, that early detection is also dependent on a doctor recognizing the symptoms for what they are and accurately diagnosing the problem. While there are some medical conditions that can be difficult to detect, it's hoped that the battery of diagnostic tests that a patient undergoes will at least point doctors in the right direction. If any of those tests seem to give an indication of the patient's problem, yet that's missed or overlooked by doctors, than a patient may have cause to be upset.