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The time your doctor listens may affect your medical case

On Behalf of | Nov 10, 2022 | Medical Malpractice

For months, you’ve been dealing with a very complicated health condition. When you get to the doctor’s office, you start explaining your condition. But then your doctor quickly cuts you off and you feel like they’re not even listening to you. 

What studies have found is that doctors tend to stop listening after just 11 seconds. There are certainly doctors who will listen for longer than 11 seconds, but this is balanced out by the fact that many doctors will interrupt their patients much faster than that. 

There’s a very realistic chance your doctor may not give you enough time to tell them everything related to your health condition – which could be a sign of medical malpractice. Here’s what you should know: 

What does this mean for you?

Unfortunately, this means that you may not get the level of care that you deserve. The doctor could make an incorrect diagnosis because they simply didn’t have necessary information. You wanted to give them that information, and you had it, but they refused to listen to you and rushed on to the next appointment.

There are tactics you can use to get doctors to listen for longer, such as making a list of questions that you want to ask. But it’s often very important to know about the legal options you have if you feel like your doctor simply didn’t pay attention, rushed through the process and never gave you the attention that you actually should’ve gotten from a medical professional. When this leads to substandard care, you may deserve compensation.