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Understanding Medical Malpractice & How to Stay Safe

On Behalf of | Feb 15, 2019 | Personal Injury Law

Many people believe that medical malpractice only encompasses mistakes made in the operating room. While surgical mistakes are considered medical malpractice, there are many more types such as failure to diagnose, negligence, omission, and more. Consider the details:

Types of Medical Malpractice

By law, doctors must perform their duties with a high standard of care. We understand that mistakes happen, but mistakes in the medical world have detrimental and often fatal consequences. Therefore, mistakes are simply unacceptable.

Understanding what constitutes as medical malpractice will help you know if you have a lawsuit on your hands. We have advocated for many people dealing with medical negligence, such as:

  • Errors during surgery
  • Failure to diagnose
  • Inaccurate medication
  • Injuries during birth to mother or child
  • Omission

Tips to Avoid Medical Malpractice

The best way to avoid medical malpractice is to choose a doctor who goes above and beyond to treat his patients right. But, how do you know which doctor to place your trust? Consider the following tips to protect yourself from medical malpractice:

Ask questions.

Doctors and nurses often explain conditions with medical terms that are unfamiliar to people. Don’t feel embarrassed to ask clarifying questions! The more you understand, the easier it is to make an informed decision.

Consult multiple doctors.

If you’ve been diagnosed with a condition, it’s okay to get a second opinion from a different doctor. (One type of medical malpractice is misdiagnosis which leads to inaccurate medication and lost time!) If two diagnoses are completely different, seek out clarification from a specialist.

Consider reviews.

Thanks to the Internet, it’s easy to read about other people’s experiences with a healthcare provider. Before choosing a doctor, read the reviews and look at the star ratings. These reviews can tell a lot about a doctor and if you should choose him or her.

We know that no amount of money can completely remove the burden of medical malpractice. But our attorneys will fight for you to gain compensation to make this transition time easier. Contact our law firm today.