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Patient safety requires that doctors be good listeners

Calvin Coolidge once said, "It takes a great man to be a good listener." In other words, it takes a person of merit to appreciate the opinions and ideas of others. It is true that the best way to learn is to pay attention to what people tell us.

The Coolidge quote could also be taken to mean that not everyone is capable of being a good listener. Most of us are guilty of occasionally not paying close enough attention to what someone else is saying. But there is one group of people who must be capable of listening closely to others: doctors.

When you visit a doctor for a checkup or to have a health issue diagnosed, he or she will likely have you undergo a series of tests and answer some questions. These parts of the diagnostic process can give a doctor a good read on your condition.

But some of the most important information that your doctor may receive can come directly from you as you describe your health issues. And if you express a specific concern, the doctor should ask follow-up questions and even have you undergo tests if necessary.

Unfortunately, sometimes doctors do not do a good enough job of listening to their patients. As a result of not listening, a doctor could misdiagnose a patient, which could lead to either harmful or delayed treatment. Such cases can have tragic or even fatal consequences.

At the Law Office of JoJene Mills, P.C, we represent clients who have been harmed due to doctor errors like the failure to diagnose. If you or a loved one has suffered some sort of injury you believe is related to a doctor's negligence, we would be happy to look into the matter to see if you have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.

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