Consumer News has released a new report, “How Safe Is Your Hospital?“ that analyzes the incidents of medical mistakes that occur in hospitals across the nation. Thesemistakes are more common than people think, and the information is generally withheld from the public.
Lisa McGiffert, the director of Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project, says, “The best cure for medical harm is full disclosure.” If you or a loved one is the victim of a medical mistake while in a hospital, there are steps you can follow to protect yourself:
- Get prompt medical attention from a trusted doctor
- Obtain a copy of your medical records, and if a loved one dies, request an autopsy be performed
- Report the problem to the state or local health department, and the Joint Commission, which accredits health care organizations
- Do not pay for treatments related to the hospital’s mistake
- Retain legal representation from an experienced medical malpractice lawyer
- Share your experience with others
If you have been injured by medical malpractice, medical malpractice lawyers may be able to help you pursue the compensation you deserve. For more information, call 1-888-BURNETTI.