As the situation surrounding Covid-19 continues to deteriorate in this country, governments, businesses, and individuals are taking steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus. However, what happens if you present with Covid-19 symptoms but your doctor does not listen or properly test you for the virus? At Kurzban, Kurzban, Tetzeli & Pratt P.A., our Hawaii medical malpractice attorneys want to answer some questions about this. Please understand that this is an ever-changing situation in the US, and you should always refer to state and federal statements regarding the ongoing pandemic.
In most cases, if we have symptoms similar to those of coronavirus, we go to the doctor. However, the problem is that the symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) are all similar to various other ailments a person may have. Even though the nation is on heightened alert for cases of Covid-19, that does not mean that your doctor will properly diagnose you.
If you have listened to the news over the last few days, you have likely heard stories about people concerned they have not been tested for coronavirus. In most cases, that is because the test is not yet widely available. In other cases, a doctor or nurse may mistake coronavirus symptoms for something else altogether.
According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), older adults (those aged 60 and up) as well as those with heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease, or at the highest risk of getting very sick or dying due to Covid-19.
The CDC recommends the following steps for those who think they may have contracted coronavirus.
If you present with any of these serious symptoms at a hospital or doctor’s office, medical officials must treat this as an emergency. If you are not properly cared for due to the fear of Covid-19, you should speak to an attorney as soon as you are medically stable and able to do so.
If you or somebody you care about has questions about coronavirus (Covid-19) in Hawaii, please refer to state and federal health official statements. At Kurzban, Kurzban, Tetzeli & Pratt P.A., we know that this pandemic is causing fear for many people in our community. If you are concerned that you or a loved one have been misdiagnosed or not properly diagnosed by your doctor, you may need to speak to our Hawaii medical malpractice attorneys. We will investigate your case and work to determine whether you may be entitled to compensation. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 808-800-2445.