Tips for Preventing Medical Malpractice
When we visit a doctor or hospital, we believe that we will be treated appropriately and safely. However, even the best healthcare facilities and providers can make mistakes that could hurt or even kill you. Sadly, thousands of patients — and their families — can attest that medical malpractice has changed their life forever.
So what can you do to protect yourself? While you can’t always prevent an unforeseen accident from happening, you can take steps to lessen the risk.
The first step is to be active in your healthcare experience:
- talk to your doctor about why he or she is recommending a certain course of treatment;
- ask questions;
- research your condition or procedure; and
- make sure that you understand the consequences of any decisions you make.
Informed and involved patients are more likely to have a better outcome.
The second step is to monitor and disclose your medications. It’s imperative that your doctor and pharmacist are aware of the vitamins and medications you’re taking, even if they’re over-the-counter. Also let them know of any allergies you may have. By providing a complete prescription history, you can help prevent dangerous interactions or an overdose.
The third step is to take an advocate, such as a trusted friend or family member, with you to appointments and procedures to provide an extra layer of protection. This person can ask questions on your behalf, help you remember information about your care, and relay information to your medical team if you are unable.
Even with the best planning and precautions, mistakes can still be made. If you were hurt or made sick by a negligent healthcare provider, you have rights. Contact our malpractice lawyers today for a free consultation, or request our free, easy-to-read guide to filing a claim in Ohio.