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The Importance of Past Medical History in a Medical Malpractice Case

When a patient goes to a doctor for medical care, he has to fill out certain forms, and when he meets the doctor, he needs to narrate to the doctor his past health issues. The patient will have to be honest with the doctor and should narrate whatever has happened in the past. The patient might have suffered some type of injury due to someone's carelessness, whether it was from a doctor's treatment or an accident. It will form part of the medical history, and he will have to mention this to the doctor.

Not Revealing Past Medical History

If you have been injured due to say doctor's carelessness, and you decide to bring a lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries. The defense attorney will thoroughly investigate and study your medical records in order to see what your medical history was. The lawyer will want to find out if there are any inconsistencies and if you have failed to mention anything to your doctor.

One of the defenses, commonly used by most doctors in medical malpractice cases is that the patient had not informed them about the problems they had in the past. The doctor will claim that since he was not aware of the problem, he could not possibly treat that particular health issue. Alternatively, the doctor might claim that since he was not aware of the particular problem, he was not able to estimate the patient's increased risk to a certain treatment or procedure.

Jeopardizing Medical Malpractice Case

Therefore, the defense lawyer can turn around and say, you had not told the doctor a part of your medical history, which you have told your attorney now, and even other doctors. Since you had not told, the doctor about the particular issue there was no way the doctor could have provided treatment for that problem.

This is something all patients have to be very careful about when they seek medical treatment. They need to be straightforward and honest with their treating doctor about all the things that they have suffered in the past. Based on this information, the doctor will be able to chart the best course of treatment. When medical history is incomplete and the patient has left out certain key piece of information from the doctor, it could lead to serious complications and even be fatal.

When the doctor does not know the type of injury, disease, or condition the patient has suffered in the past, he will not be considering those things while charting a treatment plan. The prescribed drug or surgical procedure could aggravate the problem that was kept hidden by the patient. The treatment or procedure can cause serious complications and can cause serious injury and harm to the patient.

Did not Know

In such a case, the doctor cannot be held liable for carelessness or negligence, because he did not know about the existence of the particular problem in the patient. If he knew about it, he would have prescribed something that would treat the problem or at least not cause complications with the current problem.

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