Things Patients Can Do To Avoid Medical ErrorsNY/NJ Legal News
Going in for treatment, patients never expect to become the victim of a medical error or to be subjected to medical negligence. We never want to believe that we could be forced to endure serious injuries or illnesses due to the actions of a trained and licensed medical professional. Unfortunately, the sad reality of the situation is that medical malpractice is far more common than anyone realizes.
When medical professionals make mistakes or act negligently while providing care, it can be life-threatening for those who depend on them for treatment. In cases where patients survive, they can be left with permanent disabilities or impairments that impact their daily lives. Although there is no way for you to control the actions of another person, particularly a medical provider, there are some steps you can take to minimize your risk of being injured due to medical errors.
Ways to Avoid Medical Malpractice
Although there is no way to completely prevent another person from acting negligently toward you, there are some things you can do to alleviate your risk. Some proactive measures you can take include:
- Ask Questions: It is extremely important that you ask as many questions as necessary before undergoing treatment. It is important that you understand the medical advice given to you and the treatments you receive. Before any surgery, procedures, or beginning a treatment regime, doctors are required to obtain informed consent. This typically requires having the doctor explain the treatment, any risks or benefits, other alternative treatments, and reasons why they feel the specific treatment would be best for you.
- Seek a Second Opinion: If you have any doubts, or feel uneasy about any medical advice or care, it is important that you seek a second opinion. You do have rights as a patient and can seek advice from another physician or provider at any time during the care process.
- Research the Provider: Before selecting a doctor, hospital, or another medical provider, it is important to research them online. This can help to provide insight as to what other patients have experienced with the provider. You are able to review opinions, personal reviews, and even health care ratings from agencies. You should review whether the professional has any reports in their licenses and how long they have been practicing. Be sure to view several sources before selecting them.
- Check Medications: Before taking any medications, it is crucial to verify the dosage on the bottle to the requested dosage provided in the prescription. You should verify that the type of medication and the dosage are both accurate before taking. Medication errors account for a large number of injuries and deaths every year. If you have any concerns regarding the medication you were prescribed, and what you were given, contact a nurse or another provider to ask questions and voice your concerns.
If You Suffered from Medical Negligence
If you were injured as a result of medical negligence, contact our personal injury attorneys at Metro Law by calling (800) 469-6476 as soon as possible. Our team will meet with you at your earliest convenience to discuss your case and determine what legal options are available for you.