Protecting Yourself or a Loved One While in The Hospital
Protecting Yourself or Loved One in The Hospital Is More Important Then You Think
Despite years of training medical providers are not infallible
When seeking treatment for a medical emergency or serious condition in the hospital, it is easy to trust the medical team attending to your needs. Unfortunately, despite extensive training and education, doctors, nurses and medical techs are not infallible. When even a simple mistake can lead to unnecessary costs or danger, it is extremely important to take steps to protect yourself.
If you or a loved one are receiving care in a hospital, there are several strategies for protecting yourself and your best interests, including:
- Ask questions: Medical care providers are trained to be educational and informative when dealing with patients. This practice is intended to keep patients and loved ones fully informed of a diagnosis or treatment plan. Asking questions to clarify information during conversations with medical providers is a helpful, and expected way to ensure that you or your loved one are protected and in full understanding of the situation.
- Take notes: When speaking to a medical provider regarding a medical condition, it may be helpful to take notes throughout the discussion. By taking notes, you have documented information you can reference if needed. The practice of note taking also helps many people to identify questions or points of clarification. This can be invaluable during important medical discussions.
- Have a witness: When discussing medical issues, it may be helpful to have a friend or loved one in the room to act as a witness to the conversation. Having a witness by your side during medical conversations can help to prevent inappropriate actions by medical professionals. A witness also acts as a reference for information should you encounter confusion in the future. Finally, with a witness knowledgeable about your condition and treatment plan, you have a support system to lean on, which may prove to be invaluable.
- Get it in writing: Asking your medical provider for a diagnosis or treatment plan in writing is a viable strategy that can help to avoid errors on the behalf of the medical staff and confusion on your part. By getting a diagnosis or treatment plan in writing, you have the ability to clearly demonstrate the medical provider’s findings, and can more easily seek a second opinion from another provider.
What should you do if you fall victim to medical malpractice?
Despite your best efforts and the use of these protection strategies, there remains a risk of a medical error or negligence during your treatment. If you have fallen victim to a medical provider’s error or inappropriate action, you may be entitled to compensation for all resulting losses, including, but not limited to:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Ongoing care expenses
- Loss of consortium
If you or a loved one have suffered because of a medical providers error or negligence, it is important to act quickly. By retaining an attorney immediately, your chances of obtaining compensation for your losses is greatly increased.
At Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley, our Murfreesboro medical malpractice attorneys represent Murfreesboro area residents who have been harmed by medical malpractice. With more than 40 years of combined experience to provide the effective guidance you need when attempting to hold a medical provider accountable for their harmful actions.