The statistics are disturbing. According to a 2013 article in the Journal of Patient Safety, the number of preventable deaths related to medical malpractice was estimated at over 400,000 per year.
Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, affecting 611,105 individuals each year, followed closely by cancer at 584,881. That puts medical accidents such as surgery errors and misdiagnosis at the third leading cause of death.
It’s a sobering statistic. It highlights just how much patients are affected by improper care. What actions can you take as a patient to help prevent medical malpractice?
Learn about common medical errors related to your condition and ways to recognize them prior to a doctor’s visit or medical procedure. Take the time to ask your health care provider any questions you have about the treatment. If you’re concerned about a non-emergency medical procedure, consider getting a second opinion first.
Bring Extra Eyes and Ears
When receiving a diagnosis or undergoing a medical procedure, bring a trusted love one. In addition to supporting you before and after your appointment, this individual can help you make important decisions and ask important questions that may not occur to you.
Do Your Research
Find the right doctor for you by conducting research on potential doctors prior to committing to one. When you receive test results or a new prescription, do your own independent research and ask any questions you need to in order to have a good understanding of your medical care.
Ask For Help
If you or a loved one is struggling with an injury as a result of potential medical malpractice, contact the Schuerman Law office today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.