Can You Prevent Medical Malpractice?

You can’t control your doctor.  You can’t even monitor your doctor’s actions while you are under anesthesia.  However, there are steps that you can take to prevent the consequences of a serious medical mistake.

Specifically, you can ask your doctor a lot of questions about your care and treatment and you can ask a family member or friend to act as your advocate when you are unable to be a full participant in your care.  Sometimes, the simple act of answering questions can alert your doctor to potential problems and encourage your doctor to pay more attention to your case.

Remember, you want to do everything that you can to avoid the physical, emotional, and financial consequences of medical malpractice.  It is, undoubtedly, in your best interest to avoid being the victim of malpractice, but it is not your responsibility. 

It is your doctor’s responsibility to act with reasonable care regardless of your actions.  So, whether or not you took the steps described above, you may have a medical malpractice case against your doctor if your doctor was negligent and you were hurt as a result.  Call a Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyer today for more information about your rights.