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TV image of doctors isn't always reality

In the 1970s, actor Robert Young played the title character in the television show "Marcus Welby, M.D." On the show, Dr. Marcus Welby is portrayed as being wise, having a wonderful bedside manner and always being able to give his patients an accurate diagnosis.

The show was very popular. Perhaps this was because many people were comforted by the carefully crafted image of a doctor who was so kind and competent. Some people may view real doctors in this light.

The respect afforded to those whose job it is to heal the wounded and cure the sick is often well-earned. There are many excellent doctors who do their very best to properly diagnose and treat their patients.

When we seek treatment, we all hope to get this sort of doctor. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Sometimes doctors do not do everything they can to attend to the needs of their patients. If a doctor works hurriedly, or does not listen to a patient as they describe their symptoms, then mistakes can happen. 

Rushing while performing an operation could lead to surgical errors. Not listening to a patient could lead to a misdiagnosis, resulting in the patient not getting the correct treatment as soon as possible. Such mistakes can cause a patient to suffer catastrophic injuries. If the injuries are severe enough, a patient could end up in worse shape than prior to receiving treatment.

Not all doctors can be like Marcus Welby, but they all must give their patients an acceptable level of care. To do otherwise could be considered negligent, which depending on the circumstances may provide the basis for a medical malpractice lawsuit.

If you should suffer harm that might be attributable to a doctor's negligence, you may want to seek compensation. Towe, Ball, Mackey, Sommerfeld & Turner, PLLP, provide legal services to those who may have been injured while receiving medical care. Details on what services we offer can be found on our medical malpractice page.

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