It feels as though we are putting our very lives in doctors’ hands when we seek their advice and treatment. While most of us have a trusted physician we have seen for years for general maladies, seeing a new specialist for a more serious problem can be much more intimidating. It is hard to know if we can trust them, but the helpless feeling of dealing with a new illness or injury can overshadow any initial uneasiness.
Today, the most common type of medical malpractice case is one related to an error of diagnosis. This means that before any type of corrective action is taken to address your illness or injury, the doctor may already have it wrong. This can be very concerning for patients, but the good news is that this may be the easiest of all malpractice cases to prevent.
How do you prevent yourself from becoming the next DC or Bethesda medical malpractice victim? You must become your own health advocate long before you even step into the doctor’s office. Carefully document your signs and symptoms, as well as any questions you have about these symptoms. When you visit your doctor, do not allow yourself to be bullied through a lightning-fast visit—make sure that you leave with your questions and concerns addressed fully.
Another important thing that you can do is to bring a trusted friend or family member with you to important doctor visits. This person will be able to help you guide yourself through the normal apprehension and fear to decide whether any uneasy feelings are simply nerves, or indicative of a larger problem. This person can also serve as a second pair of ears during your appointment.
One thing is for certain, however: no matter how alone and scared you may feel as the victim of a potential malpractice case, you have a strong support system here at Lewis & Tompkins. Our experienced Washington, DC medical malpractice lawyers are here to help you take your case from start to finish—call now at 202.296.0666 for a free consultation.