The Medical Malpractice Concerns Turn To Covid-19
At Mancini & Associates, our Sherman Oaks medical malpractice attorneys want to discuss whether this could become a failure to diagnose the situation. When you need an attorney to help with Covid-19 issues, you can reach out to us by calling at 818-783-5757.
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The Medical Malpractice Concerns Turn To Covid-19

The Medical Malpractice Concerns Turn To Covid-19

posted on Mar 16, 2020.

As the fear of coronavirus sweeps the United States, it is reasonable to consider what happens if you think you have Covid-19 but your doctor refuses to test you for it. At Mancini & Associates, we understand that fear has gripped this community and this country. For all the talk of a swift response from the state and federal government, what really matters is you and the relationship you have with your doctor. Today, our Sherman Oaks medical malpractice attorneys want to discuss whether this could become a failure to diagnose the situation.

Should you go to the doctor?

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), those who think they may be sick with Covid-19 should follow these steps:

  • Stay home and call your doctor.
  • Tell your healthcare provider what your symptoms are and that you think you may have Covid-19. By telling them this over the phone, you have potentially limited spreading coronavirus to others.
  • If your symptoms are not serious enough for you to be hospitalized, the CDC says that you will likely be able to recover from home. They outline the recovery steps here.
  • If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, seek emergency assistance immediately:
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to arouse
    • Bluish lips or face

According to the CDC, those aged 60 and up, as well as those who have heart disease, a weakened immune system, lung disease, and diabetes, are most at risk of contracting Covid-19.

If the doctor does not treat your symptoms

If you go to the doctor with symptoms commonly associated with Covid-19 and your doctor does not test you for the virus, this does not necessarily mean they have not taken you seriously. They simply may not have the ability to perform the test. If your symptoms are severe, your doctor should treat them just like any other emergency while also notifying health officials of a possible case of Covid-19.

Just like any other illness, your healthcare professionals must take steps to properly treat the symptoms with an adequate level of care. If they fail to do so, they could be liable for medical malpractice. However, our country has not faced a similar pandemic in modern times, and this is a matter that has left the medical community in a state of confusion.

Let us get to work on your behalf

If you or somebody you care about is concerned about an improper diagnosis of Covid-19, first seek assistance from a medical professional. You may need to speak to an attorney, and the team at Mancini & Associates is ready to help. We believe in holding medical professionals accountable if they fail to diagnose patients. We investigate these cases and work to determine whether you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, or pain and suffering damages. When you need a Sherman Oaks medical malpractice attorney to help with Covid-19 issues, you can reach out to us on our website by clicking here or calling us at 818-783-5757.

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