A patient never expects to be the victim of medical errors or medical negligence that can cause serious injuries or illnesses. However, medical malpractice is more common than many people realize. When a doctor or other medical provider makes a mistake or is negligent, the results can be life-threatening. If the patient survives, the patient can sustain permanent disabilities or impairments.
While you cannot control the actions of your medical providers, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of being injured because of medical errors.
Four Ways to Avoid Medical Malpractice
Four ways you can reduce your chance of being the victim of medical malpractice are:
Always ask as many questions as you feel necessary to understand the medical advice and treatment you are receiving. Before performing surgery, procedures, or prescribing a course of medical treatment, doctors are required to obtain informed consent from the patient. Informed consent requires the doctor to explain the treatment or procedure, the risks and benefits, any alternatives to the treatment, and the reason why the doctor suggests this specific treatment.
Seek a Second Opinion
If you have any doubts about medical advice or medical care, do not hesitate to seek a second opinion. You have the right to seek medical advice from another physician or provider at any time.
Research Medical Providers
Before choosing a doctor, hospital, or other medical provider, research the medical provider online. Check for reviews from former patients and health care rating agencies. Ask about a doctor’s experience and check for complaints with the medical licensing board. Hospitals and doctors are rated by several sources for safety and quality.
Check Prescription Medications
Before taking any prescription medication, check the dosage and the medication against your doctor’s prescription. Make sure that the medication is the correct dosage and type. Medication errors account for a large number of injuries and deaths each year. Do not hesitate to ask a nurse or other provider to check the medication before taking any medication at a doctor’s office or hospital.
What Should You Do If You Believe Medical Errors Caused Your Injury?
If you believe you are the victim of medical negligence or medical errors, take care of your health first. You may need to see another doctor if you are ill or injured. As soon as possible, contact our Erie medical malpractice attorney for a free consultation.
Proving fault in cases involving medical errors can be difficult. A medical malpractice attorney can help you gather evidence that proves your condition was caused by medical errors or negligence. An attorney understands the legal requirements for proving medical malpractice.
An attorney also helps you document your damages. You may be entitled to reimbursement for your financial losses, including medical bills and loss of income. You may also be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, including physical pain and emotional distress. Your attorney helps you gather evidence of your damages to maximize the amount of money you may receive for your medical malpractice claim.
Contact Our Eire Medical Malpractice Attorney for Help
If you have questions about medical malpractice claims or you need help with a claim, contact our office for a free case review.
Call The Travis Law Firm at (800) 401-2066 to schedule your free consultation with an experienced Erie medical malpractice attorney.