Medical mistakes are an alarmingly common problem in the United States;
studies suggest that millions of American patients are injured or even
killed by such errors every year. One of the most common issues contributing
to this problem is a lack of communication in hospitals and clinics. When
there is no consistent communication between patients, doctors, nurses,
and pharmacists, grave errors can result.
If you or a member of your family has been harmed by a careless medical
professional, you could have grounds for taking legal action. To learn
more about your legal rights, call Todd Miner Law.
Tips for Facilitating Open Communication
Of course, the primary responsibility for preventing
medical mistakes lies with doctors and hospital staff members. However, there are things
you can do to improve your communication with healthcare providers and
reduce your risk of accidental injury. A few of these things include:
Bring a notebook to doctor’s appointments. This will make it easier to record and remember important information
about your health and treatment. In addition, you can write down any questions
or concerns you have between appointments so you will not forget them
once you are standing in your doctor’s office.
Do not be afraid to ask questions. Doctors are often busy, and some may come across as impatient or unwilling
to have long discussions. However, you have the right to ask as many questions
as necessary to fully understand your diagnosis and treatment. You also
have the right to ask for clarification if your doctor says anything you
do not understand.
Be honest about your symptoms and medical history. Sometimes patients withhold information out of embarrassment or other
concerns. However, your doctor cannot properly treat you if he or she
does not have all the relevant facts. Remember that healthcare workers
are professionals; if they make you feel embarrassed or ashamed about
anything in your medical history, you may need to switch providers.
Of course, a failure to be the “model patient” does not mean
you are to blame for a doctor’s negligent or reckless behavior.
If you believe you have been harmed by a doctor’s error, our Orlando
medical malpractice attorney can help.
Contact an Orlando Medical Malpractice Attorney
At the offices of Todd Miner Law, we are fully committed to protecting
the rights of injured patients. To learn more,
contact us today.