The risk of misdiagnosis, medical malpractice, and now exposure to COVID-19, are serious concerns for anyone who is going to a clinic or hospital for medical care. Of course, we all see medical experts to get better and to get quality medical care. Unfortunately, negligence, recklessness, and even mistakes in a medical setting can result in serious complications, injuries, and even fatalities.
As a patient, you have rights. You also have the ability to reduce your risk in a few key ways:
- Seek healthcare appropriately: Always go to the right healthcare provider for your issue, whether that’s the emergency room, specialist, general practitioner, or other health care setting. This helps ensure that you are seeing the right specialists for your specific problem, which can help you reduce the risk of malpractice. Right now, avoiding excessive time spent in healthcare settings can also help you keep your exposure to COVID-19 to a minimum.
- Be aware of current guidelines: Right now, in addition to medical malpractice, you need to be aware of exposure to the novel coronavirus. Always ask what precautions are being taken, wear your mask, and wash your hands. Always check to see whether there are additional precautions you need to take before your appointment.
- Use extra caution with hygiene: Wear a mask, wash your hands, and social distance where possible inside the clinic or hospital.
- Overcommunicate: When you see a healthcare worker, review any allergies you have, any medications you are on, and any treatment you are getting for your conditions. You may have to repeat this information multiple times, but it is better to confirm that everyone involved in your care understands. Always ask questions and jot down information your doctor provides to you so you can refer back to your notes later.
- Bring a healthcare advocate or buddy if you can: If current health guidelines allow, bring someone else with you to your appointments if you can. This person can listen for information, take down details of what the doctor says, and help you sort out what you need to do next. Healthcare advocates can also speak up for you if you are concerned.
Right now, some clinics are offering virtual visits for nonurgent matters and for situations where you don’t need to see a physician in person. These can be a good alternative in some cases if you want to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19.
If you have been injured due to medical malpractice, misdiagnosis, or another issue, contact a personal injury attorney in Hollywood or your community. You can always reach Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN) for a free consultation with a Hollywood medical malpractice attorney. We currently offer virtual, no obligation case consultations at no charge to safeguard your health.