Many people trust that when they visit a doctor that they will receive the best care and that they are dealing with a trained professional who will provide them with top quality service. This is not always the case and many individuals suffer from poor care that can best be characterized as medical malpractice. While some individuals are able to receive financial compensation after filing a medical malpractice claim against a doctor, receiving this compensation is often a long and arduous fight. In addition, sometimes their health never recovers. It is clearly best to avoid these situations to whatever extent possible and this article will provide tips that can help you to avoid medical malpractice.
Perform Your Due Diligence
Before seeing any medical professional for a serious illness or procedure it is essential to do your due diligence and perform some basic research on the doctor. Start by reading reviews on the doctor and perform online searches to see if they have a history of medical malpractice suits. See if they are listed in best doctors’ publications and try to gauge their reputation in the field.
It is important to get a second opinion before having a doctor treat you for a serious procedure. By getting a second opinion you will be able to confirm the diagnosis at solution presented by your primary care doctor and can also assess the quality of the opinion given. When you visit a doctor for a second opinion, ask their familiarity with the doctor you are planning to have work done with. If they are not familiar with the doctor you are considering, see if they can recommend any other doctors. By performing these additional procedures you can assess the quality of both the doctor and the diagnosis they have provided.
Research Your Illness
Try researching the illness that you were diagnosed with and read up on common causes, complications, and solutions to these issues. Ask your doctor questions that may have rose to your attention and see how they respond to your questions to assess their familiarity with the issue you are faced with.
Be Honest with Your Doctor
Many doctors are honestly attempting to provide quality services but do not receive adequate information from their patients to make the appropriate decisions. Be sure to be honest and open with your doctor regarding the problems you are experiencing so that they can provide their services appropriately. A doctor patient relationship requires inputs from both the doctor and patient in order to avoid a medical disaster and is essential for providing and receiving competent care.
Bring a Friend or Other Person to Your Doctor Meetings
By having a friend or other individual with you at doctor meetings you can not only have a corroborating witness, but can also have an additional person with you who is listening to the doctor’s instructions so that you can avoid poor care. If you have a specific problem and know someone who has suffered from a similar situation, they can communicate their own experiences.
Avoiding medical malpractice often requires solid communication between yourself and your doctor, in addition to the selection of the proper doctor or health professional. Be well researched regarding your illness and situation and perform your due diligence on doctors to obtain quality care that should reduce the possibility of medical malpractice.
This article was provided by Max Wolff from the Heil-Law.com blog team. Max is a sophomore at Stanford University studying Economics. He is a passionate basketball fan and hip hop junkie.