20 Ways to Prevent Medical Mistakes

Jacksonville Medical Malpractice Lawyers

When we go to a hospital or a doctor’s office, we tend to assume we will be well taken care of and will leave in better condition than when we arrived. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Medical mistakes by healthcare professionals can cause great harm, even death.

In fact, medical malpractice errors are one of the leading causes of death and injury in the United States. It has been estimated that just under 100,000 people die each year from medical errors that happen in our local hospitals.

Medical errors can occur in hospitals, doctors’ offices, nursing homes, surgery centers, and even pharmacies. They can be caused by communication problems, negligent personnel, overtired staff, poor notes or handwriting, and incompetence.

However, there are ways to protect yourself from the devastation of medical malpractice and negligence. The Jacksonville medical malpractice attorneys at Hardesty, Tyde, Green & Ashton, P.A. offer the following suggestions to avoid being the victim of a medical mistake.

  1. Take part in the decision-making regarding your medical care.
  2. Be sure that all of your doctors are aware of all the medications, vitamins, supplements, etc. you are taking.
  3. Tell your doctor about allergies and adverse reactions you’ve had to medications.
  4. Read the prescription your doctor gives you.
  5. Ask questions about your medication.
  6. At the pharmacy, make sure you’ve been given the correct medication at the correct dosage.
  7. Ask questions at the pharmacy.
  8. Make sure you take the correct dose, measured properly.
  9. Be aware of the drug’s side effects.
  10. Choose, if possible, a hospital you are familiar with to have a procedure.
  11. Make sure healthcare workers have washed their hands.
  12. When being discharged, make sure you understand all discharge instructions.
  13. If having surgery, make sure you understand the procedure fully.
  14. You have the right to ask your doctor questions at any time, so please do so.
  15. Make sure you trust the doctor in charge of your care.
  16. Make sure the people caring for you have your complete health history.
  17. Have a family member or friend with you while being treated.
  18. More is not always better (medical testing, medications, etc.)
  19. If you have a test performed, don’t assume no news is good news. Call and get your results.
  20. Research and learn about your condition, disease, or diagnosis. The more informed you are, the more you will understand your doctor’s “talk” about your problem.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice in Jacksonville or anywhere in Florida, please contact the experienced medical negligence attorneys  at Hardesty, Tyde, Green & Ashton, P.A. today to schedule your initial consultation.


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