How can I protect myself from common medical mistakes?

Personal Injury
By Goodwin Como, P.C.

Due to an increase in medical negligence, malpractice and errors, many Pennsylvanians are opting to delay and forgo their medical treatments. They do not want to chance further injuries if their health care providers make mistakes with their care. You may feel the same way, especially if you need ongoing care for a chronic or serious medical condition. You may think of doctors, nurses and other health care staff as infallible. But when they make mistakes, it is the patients and their families who suffer the most. From misdiagnoses and unnecessary medical procedures to surgical errors and more, most forms of medical negligence are preventable.

You may think that by doing nothing you can protect yourself. However, doing nothing can be more harmful. Learn how to protect yourself from medical negligence to improve the quality of care you receive.

Get to know your medical provider

Whether you are going to a new doctor or have been seeing the same one for years, take the time to learn about your physician’s professional background, practice and staff. You do not want to take chances on seeing a medical professional or going to a facility with a record of medical mistakes and negligence claims. You should see a medical care provider and choose a medical facility that has a proven track record of excellence in patient care.

Take notes at all appointments

Bring a notepad with you so you can jot down all information you receive at your appointments. If your doctor or another health care professional mentions something that you do not have a clear understanding of, ask questions and document their answers.

You should be able to trust your medical care providers with your health and life. Do not make assumptions about any aspect of your care or you could find yourself in danger of medical negligence. If you are recovering from complications that you feel are the result of medical mistakes, speak with an attorney about the matter for guidance to improve your outcome.