Many cases of medical malpractice go unreported simply because patients did not know they were the victims of negligence. People expect doctors, nurses and other health-care workers to provide reliable care; unfortunately, medical mistakes are common – and they often cause illnesses, injuries or death.
Thankfully, there are steps that patients can take to reduce their risk of becoming victims of medical malpractice. These include:
- Make sure your health-care providers are communicating;
- Use a primary care physician;
- Consult a specialist; and
- Ask medical workers to wash their hands.
If you or a family member was the victim of a medical worker’s negligence in Louisiana, contact a Baton Rouge personal injury lawyer from Morris Bart, LLC. You may be entitled to compensation for lost income, health-care bills and other damages. Call 800-537-8185 today to schedule a free consultation.
Let’s take a closer look at four ways to reduce your risk of becoming a victim of medical malpractice:
- Make Sure Your Health-Care Providers Are Communicating
Many medical errors happen because doctors do not have important information about patients. If you have allergies, are taking certain medications, or have certain medical conditions, it is important that your medical team is informed. Be sure to ask your doctors and nurses questions about your medical profile to ensure they have the data they need to provide safe and effective treatments.
- Use a Primary Care Physician
Having a primary care physician will ensure your medical data is in a centralized location. This will be important if you need an emergency surgery or if you visit a specialist. If your medical information is at multiple offices, it is more likely that important data will get lost in the shuffle.
- Consult a Specialist
Your body is a complicated mechanism, and it is impossible for one doctor to know everything about each structure and system. If you have a specific health concern, then a physician who specializes in that particular area of medicine is less likely to deliver an incorrect or late diagnosis, or to recommend ineffective or unsafe treatments.
- Make Sure Medical Workers Wash Their Hands
This may sound like a no-brainer, but according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, asking medical workers to wash their hands is one of the most effective ways to prevent medical negligence.
What Are the Most Common Types of Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice takes many forms, but these six examples are particularly common:
- Late diagnosis;
- Surgical errors;
- Birth injuries;
- Prescription mistakes; and
- Anesthesia errors.
If you were the victim of medical malpractice, you should not have to pay for the resulting medical expenses, time off work and other losses. Contact a Baton Rouge personal injury attorney from Morris Bart, LLC.
Our legal team has been representing the injured for more than 30 years. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation.