Roles of Patients in Avoiding Medical Malpractice
It is the responsibility of doctors to treat and take care of their patients. They should always provide honest and reliable services to anyone who needs their help. In some cases, however, they fail to fulfill their duties, which then cause serious injuries or even death. Patients suffer from the life changing consequences of medical malpractice and doctors lose their license and credibility once charged and proven guilty.
One way to avoid all of these problems is to prevent medical malpractice in the first place. While doctors carry most of the responsibilities, patients can also do their part. Here are some of the things you can do to reduce your risks of injuries due to medical malpractice:Always Tell the Truth
Doctors provide treatment and recommendations based on the results of your examination and the information you provide. This information includes your medical history, allergic reactions, the drugs you are taking, and the symptoms you are experiencing. Every detail is important, so it is vital that you be as thorough as possible. Being honest about your medical condition is the only the way that your doctor can accurately diagnose and treat you.Dare to Ask Questions
Providing accurate diagnosis and potential treatment options is primarily your doctor's responsibility. It is your responsibility to understand the information being presented to you so that you can make a properly informed decision regarding your care and treatment. Ask clarifying questions. Politely request that your doctor define unfamiliar terms and procedures. You have the right to know everything you can about your health and suggested treatments, and if you do not ask, it is likely your doctor will assume you understand everything completely.Stick to Agreed-Upon Plans
Once you and your doctor have decided on a course of treatment, it is up to you to be compliant. Half-hearted participation in your treatment could lead to negative results that are totally unrelated to your doctor's skill or attentiveness. If you are having trouble with the plan for any reason, including physical or financial limitations, it is vital to communicate that information to your doctor. Together, then, you can analyze the situation and potentially discuss alternative treatment methods.Informed Refusal
Your doctor cannot and will not treat you against your will. You have the right to refuse any and all treatment related to your condition, but it is absolutely in your best interest that you clearly understand the potential consequences of refusing care. If you believe the doctor's diagnosis or recommendations are incorrect, communicate that clearly to the doctor and continue to ask questions to clarify your situation. This will provide both you and your doctor a level of protection against misunderstandings and unintended negative health consequences.Get the Legal Help You Deserve
By playing an active role in your medical care and treatment, you can drastically reduce the risk of negligence and medical malpractice. However, despite patients' best efforts, medical malpractice still occurs and can have serious consequences on the lives it affects. If you have been the victim of medical malpractice, skilled legal representation can help you. Contact an experienced San Jose medical malpractice attorney today for a free consultation. The compassionate team at Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard, L.L.P. has years of experience with medical malpractice cases, and we will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. We are proud to serve San Jose, the Bay Area, and the counties of Santa Clara, San Mateo, Monterey, Alameda and San Benito.