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What You Should Know When Placing Trust in Your Doctor

Trust is the cornerstone of a doctor-patient relationship, with researchers concluding in the journal Health Affairs that two-thirds of those with high trust levels were more likely to follow treatment plans, compared to less than a sixth who had low trust levels. But when is trusting your doctor bad for your health? A recent Idaho case illustrates the consequences when doctor-patient trust is breached.

An Idaho medical malpractice plaintiff was recently awarded nearly $8 million in a medical negligence case stemming from back injury treatment in an urgent care center that rendered him paralyzed from the waist down. According to KTVB-7, the Idaho Falls resident sought treatment for a work-related back injury he sustained while moving freight. He alleged the clinic failed to properly recognize his symptoms and rather than have him keep still, he was instructed to move around for a series of tests over several hours, ultimately resulting in his permanent paraplegia.

Waning Trust in Medical Professionals

One analysis published in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that while three-quarters of Americans had great confidence in medical professionals back in 1966, that figure has plummeted to roughly one-third. In fact, patients in the U.S. are far less likely compared to those in other developed countries to have confidence in the health care system. Only about 25 percent indicated they had great confidence in their doctors.

When choosing the right doctor, it's important to make sure that he or she is experienced enough to meet your needs as a patient. Your doctor's history of practice is also important to take into account.

Dr. Joseph F. Brown is an MD as well as a Meridian, Idaho medical malpractice attorney; he understands the importance of doctor-patient trust. Unfortunately, Dr. Brown also knows too well that some doctors fail to provide care that meets the applicable standard for their profession, resulting in severe and lasting trauma to patients.

If you have sustained an injury or illness due to a doctor's negligence, you should speak to an experienced medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible. Contact theĀ Law Firm of Joseph F. Brown, MD, JD, PLLC today to discuss your options.

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