Avoiding Medical Malpractice

Here are some ideas on how to minimize your chances of being a victim of a medical mistake. First, keep good records of your own about your symptoms, such as when they first appeared, and whether treatment efforts have helped. Second, know your medical test results and keep records of test results, such as x-ray and blood test reports. Third, ask your physician what to do if symptoms persist or worsen, where to find reliable information on your condition, whether more worthwhile tests are needed, and what other possible diagnoses were rejected. Fourth, get a second opinion if the diagnosis is serious, or you have unresolved symptoms. Fifth, if the second opinion diagnosis is different, let the first doctor know. Sixth, join reputable support groups for people with the same condition.

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