When you go to the hospital or doctor's office for medical treatment, you put your full faith and confidence in your provider. While incidence of medical errors are rare, the reality is that medical errors do and can occur. While the responsibility ultimately lies on your team of medical providers, there are some things you can do to help lower your risk of malpractice.
Make certain that you're asking questions. This is especially important when you are having a procedure performed. Why do you need this type of treatment? What are the benefits of having the procedure performed? Those are just a couple of the questions you should be asking. In terms of a surgical procedure, asking these questions will force the provider to double-check your medical history to ensure that you actually need to have the procedure performed.
When it comes to communication with your provider, be upfront and honest. Your doctor isn't the person you want to share inaccurate information with, even if you consider it to be insignificant. For example, if your physician asks you about recent alcohol use, be honest. Some medications can produce exaggerated or harmful sides effects when combined with alcohol in your system. If you say you haven't consumed any alcohol recently and you actually have, you could be putting yourself in danger.
If your provider tells you to do something, don't just take it as a suggestion. It's important that you follow your doctor's instructions if you want to stay safe and healthy. Whether it's adjusting your diet, resting or eliminating certain medications, make certain that you are following orders. For instance, you are generally asked to fast for a certain period of time before having surgery performed. Having food in your stomach can cause you to get sick from the anesthesia medications. When your doctor tells you to do something, understand that it's for a reason.
If you fall victim to medical practice, you don't have to suffer silently. When your doctor makes an error that has an effect on your health, be it physiological or physical, there are professionals who can help you. An attorney like Marzella RJ & Associates can look over the specifics of your case and help you recover the cost of not just your injuries, but also any pain and suffering you may have incurred. An attorney will work hard to ensure you get the compensation you need and deserve.
Your health is one of the most important things you have. Make certain you are doing all you can to keep yourself safe and protected.
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