What can I do to prevent medical malpractice from happening to me?

Medical malpractice is a matter of serious concern, and preventing it should be a top priority for doctors and hospitals. However, there are also things that patients can do to make medical malpractice less likely to happen to you.

It is important to be your own health care advocate. Just as you take responsibility for telling your doctor when you feel unwell, you should speak up if there is something you don’t understand about your treatment or medication. Medical mistakes often occur when prescribing, administering or filling prescriptions for medication. Make sure you understand what medication you are being given and why. Another common type of medical malpractice is misdiagnosis, and patients should remember that they always have the option of getting the opinion of another doctor. If the treatment you’re getting does not seem right, speak up.

Of course, many people do not even think about medical malpractice until it has already occurred. If you were injured, became ill, or your condition worsened as the result of a medical mistake, call Joyce & Reyes to learn about your rights.

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