Medical malpractice is a serious concern for patients, whether they’re getting a vaccine, going through a surgery or considering different treatments for other conditions. Malpractice can happen to almost anyone, and it’s a real problem that has to be addressed when it does occur.
Malpractice isn’t always intentional, though it can be. Usually, malpractice is a result of issues where a medical provider makes an error, like cutting into the wrong area for a surgery. Normally, a lack of skill (or simple mistakes) lead to patient injuries.
As a patient, there are plenty of things you can do to protect yourself against injuries caused by medical errors. You can take a stronger role in your care, and be better informed.
Being a good patient means learning more about your care
While it would be nice to be able to rely on your medical provider and to not have to worry about mistakes, the truth is that you’re one part of the checks and balances that has to work. Correct your medical provider if they call you the wrong name. Verify information every time it’s given. Taking a solid role in your own care will help you be better informed and can help you see if your provider has made a mistake that could later cause an injury.
If you are hurt during surgery or because of your medical provider’s mistakes, then it’s time to stand up for yourself. You can seek compensation and hold them accountable for their actions so that others don’t go through the same situation you have.