How to Protect Yourself from Medical Malpractice
Whenever we go to the doctor, it is assumed that they are practicing medicine with our health and safety at the forefront. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. The most common forms of medical malpractice are misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, birth injuries, prescription errors, and surgical errors. These are not the only forms of medical malpractice.
It is important to note that having a bad outcome from a medical procedure does not necessarily mean it was medical malpractice. Speak with our qualified attorney in Chicago if you think you may be a victim of medical malpractice.
Medical malpractice can be very difficult to prove, as the attorney must prove that the healthcare professional acted negligently. However, pursuing medical malpractice claims is important to our law firm as we believe healthcare professionals should be held accountable for negligent or substandard medical care.
Now, you might be wondering if you can protect yourself against medical malpractice. In emergency room situations, it may be more difficult for you to advocate for yourself. In other situations, like regular doctors' visits, there are a few things you can do to advocate for yourself as the patient.
Ask Questions. If you don't fully understand something, ask the doctor or nurse. If they won't give you a satisfactory answer, that may be a sign to go somewhere else.
Only Visit Reputable Doctors. Not every doctor, hospital, clinic, surgery center, etc., is reputable. Do some research online or ask friends and family for recommendations.
Give Permission. Don't let a doctor or nurse do anything without your express permission. If you are uncomfortable with something that is being suggested, ask a lot of questions or seek out a second opinion.
Be Honest. If you are not giving your doctor your full medical history, they do not have a complete picture. Help out your doctor by being upfront and honest.
Bring Someone With You. Having a second set of eyes and ears at medical appointments can help a lot. Let them know of the questions or concerns you have, so they can remind you if you get nervous or if the doctor tries to rush you out the door.
Do Your Own Research. While Googling health symptoms is not usually helpful, it is a good idea to do your own research on whatever ailment you have so you have a baseline understanding of it. Your healthcare provider should explain everything to you in a way you can easily understand it, but sometimes medical professionals use terms that are common to them but not as common to others.
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