Montana residents place a lot of trust in their doctors. But sometimes doctors make mistakes, and when a mistake leads to injury or a worsened medical condition, a patient may have a claim for medical malpractice.
About a month ago, Montana residents were shocked to learn that comedienne Joan Rivers died while undergoing a medical procedure. The 81-year-old television personality had undergone a procedure on her throat when she suffered cardiac arrest. Her ensuing death prompted many individuals to question how Rivers' condition could have taken such a dramatically tragic turn.
Most Montana residents place great trust in their doctors, and for good reason. When we are seriously injured or facing a life-threatening illness, the skill of our physicians is often the only thing standing between us and a premature demise. When doctors make mistakes in these cases, the results can be devastating. Sadly, sometimes great harm is done by doctor error even when the procedure in question is routine or cosmetic.
Physicians in Montana and anywhere else will probably agree that making a correct diagnosis is an essential step in the treatment of any illness. Doctors are trained to take a history from the patient, conduct a physical examination, and review any necessary lab reports in order to determine what is causing a patient's symptoms. Without knowing what is wrong it is difficult to prescribe an effective treatment.