I have heard of medical negligence several times and have a basic understanding that it is a representation of something bad. However, when I researched more about it, I was alarmed upon finding out that it has become the number 3 cause of mortality in the UK over the past few years.
A medical malpractice is either an act or an omission of professional care in which the treatment given to the patient falls below the standard of health care in the community. Most cases involve errors in provision of treatment or care, which lead to either worsening of the patient condition, or even death.
As a health care provider myself, I am very much aware of the standards of care required to be delivered to clients. It is startling to find out that quite a number of health care professionals still deviate from these standards. Facing a medical negligence claim is a tedious task to resolve, therefore, it is important that we know how to avoid being caught in one.
Here are 4 simple ways to avoid the medical negligence trap:
1. Be knowledgeable about your health condition.
It has been my routine to research about the diverse symptoms I am undergoing prior to seeking medical help, this way, I am able to arm myself with information I need regarding my case. A medical assessment is the most important, but it would be helpful if you understand what your doctor is telling you. Once your doctor had diagnosed your condition, the more you need to understand what it is. If he/she is considering specific treatments, be sure to research on those treatments as well.
2. Establish rapport with your medical team.
I usually take time to meet my other doctors in cases where I need other treatment such as surgery. Establishing an initial relationship with them can help me feel a little more at ease. It is also helpful to clarify any questions and curiosities you have regarding the procedure. By doing this, I give them an idea that I am open to be educated about the procedure, and that I too have done my share of studying or researching about the medical procedure.
3. Ensure that the institution the treatment is being done has client advocacy.
When patients are making medical negligence claims, the institution where the act happened is most likely to get involved in the resolution of the problem. While most are willing to help solve the case, some however, have the tendency to wash their hands to avoid negative publicity – this is something we need to avoid.
4. Consider talking with the involved parties professionally.
Sometimes, the stress of being in such a situation gets the best of us, but we need to realize that it is likewise important to iron things out (if possible) with the parties involved. There might be certain reasons why the act was done and there might be the possibility of resolution, without having to reach legal actions.
Whichever angle you examine the situation from, there is always the chance of you being on the other side. Therefore, it is important to understand the causes and the motives of why and how such things happen. Yes, it is indeed a stressful situation for both parties, but learning to prepare for the worth might just save ourselves from being involved in this chaos.