How to Avoid Becoming a Medical Malpractice Victim in Ohio March 27, 2012.
The Institute of Medicine has estimated that approximately 98,000 die from medical errors each year. In order to decrease your chances of being the next victim of medical malpractice or negligence in Ohio, consider the following safeguards.
- Take great care when you are selecting your doctor, choose one who is attentive and well-experienced. A good way to find a well-qualified doctor with a solid reputation is to begin by seeking recommendations from your trusted friends and family members who have been treated for similar conditions. Ensure that a doctor is board-certified before you make an appointment.
- Seek a second opinion. It’s not uncommon for doctors to have differing opinions on the best way to treat a condition or illness. It’s not a sign of disrespect or mistrust, but more of a safeguard. In the same way that you might look at several models of a computer or vehicle before you purchase, you should do the same with your health care.
- Finally, ask questions. You should already be familiar with your own health data and medical history, so ask your doctor about any recommended treatment and how it might interact with any conditions you have or medication you’re currently taking. A good doctor is never offended by questions, and most appreciate the opportunity to educate patients about their treatment.
Despite taking many precautions, you could still, unfortunately, fall victim to medical malpractice. If you do fall victim to medical malpractice, discuss your legal options with our medical malpractice lawyers. Schedule your free consultation online or by calling (440) 333-3800.