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If you are planning a visit to your local doctor in California, you may have experienced some anxiety when thinking about what procedures you will undergo. Because your health and personal well-being is placed in the hands of someone else, it is imperative that you understand what protocols to take to help ensure your safety.

Professional health care providers see a lot of patients each day and your vigilance can be the difference in the quality of the treatment you receive. Familydoctor.org suggests some precautions you can take to avoid being a victim of medical malpractice. These include the following:

  • Verify that your medical information is always up to date including medications you are taking, allergies you have and health conditions that could affect your treatment and healing.
  • If you are picking up a prescription, double check all of the information with your pharmacist. Ask about how to take the medications including timing, dosage amounts and how long to take it for. Be sure you understand potential side effects and what to do if you begin to experience an adverse reaction.
  • Do not be afraid to ask questions. For added protection, bring a family member or friend with you to appointments where you anticipate receiving a lot of information. Take notes and verify that your understanding of treatments to follow is correct.
  • Spend time researching different conditions, symptoms, treatment options and healing suggestions when you have received a diagnosis. Discuss any concerns you may have with your health care provider to clarify your understanding.
  • Ask your doctor to interpret any medical information you do not understand in a way that makes sense. You can always ask other health care professionals for their opinion before making any final decisions.

What may come as a surprise to you is that medical errors account for a significant portion of injuries and deaths in the U.S. each year. This information was written to provide helpful suggestions for preventing medical errors, but it should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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