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What Should Patients Do After a Medical Error?

As San Diego medical malpractice lawyers, we know that finding out you may have been the victim of a medical error can be very stressful and confusing. Therefore, it is important to know what to do to protect both your health and your legal rights.

This post offers some helpful tips on what to do following a potential medical mistake.

Seek medical attention. Your health should be your first priority. If you suspect that you may have been harmed during a medical procedure, it is important to seek medical attention right away. Talk to a doctor you trust like a primary care physician or seek a second opinion from another specialist.

Request the medical records. You are entitled to a copy of your medical records and should request a copy as soon as possible. Medical records can assist your other doctors in determining what happened and how you should be treated. If you believe that someone died from a medical error, you should request an autopsy to determine the most likely cause of death. Hospitals will not always perform an autopsy, so it is important to ask.

Report the error. Hospital staff only reports medical errors about 14 percent of the time, according to federal estimates. Therefore, it is important for patients to report errors to the hospital, as well as federal and local agencies.

Consult with an attorney. If you believe that you may have suffered from medical malpractice, it is important to speak with an attorney who specializes in this area as soon as possible. We can advise you of your legal rights and help you receive compensation for your injuries.

Please contact a San Diego medical malpractice lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.