Most people don’t want to consider the fact that their doctors are only human, and they make mistakes just like the rest of us. Sadly, even experienced healthcare providers can commit a minor oversight that has major repercussions for a patient.
Medical mistakes are more common than most people realize. According to Forbes, negligent healthcare is the third leading cause of death in the United States. It trails behind just heart disease and cancer, and anyone can fall victim to it.
If you received substandard care the last time you were admitted to the hospital and you want to pursue compensation for the damages you incurred, contact the Robson Law Firm. We will evaluate your situation to determine if you have grounds for a medical malpractice claim. Call 512-345-8200 to schedule a free consultation with an Austin injury attorney.
Read on to learn how you can reduce your risk of suffering injuries or an illness at the hands of a negligent medical worker:
- Get a Second Opinion
It never hurts to seek a second opinion, and it may actually save your life. If your provider diagnoses you with a condition that requires fairly invasive treatment, you may want to seek a second opinion from a different provider before agreeing to the first doctor’s recommended approach.
- Avoid Visiting the Emergency Department Unless Absolutely Necessary
Sadly, the state of healthcare coverage in this country forces some individuals to visit the emergency room every time they feel sick because they do not have a primary care provider. If possible, though, you should avoid going to the emergency room unless you are facing a true health emergency.
Emergency departments are chaotic, which increases the chances of a miscommunication occurring among providers. They are also crawling with bacteria and viruses, which can cause life-threatening infections if your provider fails to take certain precautions when examining or treating you.
- Be Your Own Advocate
You should feel comfortable talking to your doctor about any and all of your health concerns. If you are not, look for a different provider, one who puts you at ease the moment you enter the office.
When you’re comfortable with your doctor, it will be much easier to act as your own healthcare advocate. This includes asking questions about any diagnoses and treatment approaches that you do not understand and taking a more proactive approach to your health in general.
- Do Your Own Research
Part of advocating for yourself is performing research regarding any procedures or medications that your doctor recommends. Just make sure you only refer to reputable sources that are backed by actual science and evidence.
Unfortunately, medical malpractice is so prevalent in this country that you can follow all of the tips above and still end up a victim. If your healthcare provider was negligent and you sustained serious injuries or an illness as a result, contact the Robson Law Firm.
We have been representing the injured for more than 20 years, and we have recovered more than $26 million for our clients. Call 512-345-8200 to schedule a free case evaluation with an Austin personal injury lawyer. You can learn more about filing a medical malpractice claim in Texas by visiting USAttorneys.com.