In a nutshell, medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the United States according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. Doctors are so worried about their own well being, they often refrain from risky surgeries and prescriptions, often putting the patient at greater risk of infection, injury or death. If you or a loved one was recently put in a compromising position in which you suspect the doctor was wrong, read on.
Aside from hearth disease and cancer, medical malpractice is an epidemic in this country. Patients are under educated about their diagnoses, making them incredibly vulnerable to doctors who might want to take the easier way out. So what’s the solution? Learn what to look for and how to fend for yourself. Keep in mind most doctors are good people who simply make mistakes, but it’s those few bad apples who are out for no good you will want to watch for.
Follow your gut:
Just like your parents told you growing up, your gut is right 95% of the time. If you have a feeling the doctor isn’t telling you the whole story, get out. No life is worth a surgery that saves a few bucks (or even a few thousand) or a few minutes. Call your insurance and ask where the next closest in-network doctor is and take the time to ease your worries.
Do the research:
If you’re reading this blog after the fact and suspect your doctor already hopped the fence, utilize the greatness that is Google. WebMD is an incredible resource with educated contributors from around the World, so use it! If you think your doctor may have improperly performed a surgery, prescribed an unnecessary pill or ushered you out the door prematurely, then you may be at serious risk of injury or death.
Consult a professional:
Don’t go straight to your doctor. He may ask you to sign something waiving your rights or worse – cover his mistake with another mistake. Remember, if this doctor did mistreat you or a loved one, he could be doing so to other victims. Stepping forward is brave and selfless.
Stick to your guns:
You may be entering into quite the battle, but that is sadly what it takes these days to over power the fortress we can the United States medical system. Stand up for your rights and the rights of others.
If you or a loved one fits in these conditions, contact the medical malpractice professionals at Baizer Kolar P.C. for the help you deserve. Medical malpractice and wrongful death are a horrible epidemic that needs to be stopped. Help us get there.