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Avoiding Hospital Malpractice Deaths, Illnesses, and Injuries

Malpractice DeathsStatistics place medical errors as the third leading cause of death in America, which places it just behind heart disease and cancer. Thankfully, there are some ways you can protect yourself and your loved ones from experiencing death, illness, or injury during your next hospital stay. Sadly, though, it is not possible to completely eliminate one’s risk, so the following information also provides details on where to find assistance if you or a loved one experience a hospital error.

Avoid Hospital Stays Whenever Possible

It goes without saying that the best way to prevent hospital-related areas is to avoid going for anything non-emergent or unnecessary. Hospitals are full of germs that cause illnesses and infections, which can make anyone ill. The issue is worse for those with a compromised immune system. So, if at all possible, avoid going to the emergency room or hospital unless it is absolutely necessary (i.e. surgery, life-threatening illness, serious injury, etc.).

Always be Prepared

A little preparation can go a long way, especially when it comes to preventing hospital errors. A pre-made list of all your health conditions, medication allergies, current medications, and previous hospitalizations and surgeries can ensure that your doctors and medical team have everything on hand and in writing. Keep this list in a safe place and let your family know where it is as well, that way your doctors will have it in the event of an emergency or incapacitation.

Bring Someone You Trust

Many people receive pain medication, anesthesia, or sedatives while hospitalized, and that can make for a cloudy memory and difficulty comprehending what is happening. Because of this, it is recommended that you take someone you trust with you to the hospital – someone who can watch over you and communicate with the staff when you are asleep or unconscious. Even better, coordinate shifts among family members so that, during your stay, you have a constant cycle of people coming in and checking on the work of the nurses, cleaning staff, and doctors.

Speak up When Something Feels Wrong

Whether it is seeing your doctor walk toward you without washing his or her hands, administration of a medication just minutes after you already received some, or a diagnosis that seems rushed or inaccurate, speak up. Doctors and nurses are human, too. Though it might feel wrong to challenge their knowledge, asking politely for more information can help you prevent injury, illness, and death to yourself or a loved one.

Contact Our San Jose Hospital Malpractice Lawyers

If an error does occur, contact Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard, LLP for assistance. Dedicated and experienced, our San Jose hospital malpractice lawyers will protect your rights and best interest. In every situation, we pursue the most favorable outcome. Schedule a personalized consultation by calling (408) 289-1417 today.

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