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Can you prevent medical malpractice with proper research?

While it would be ideal to rely solely on the expertise, professionalism and educational knowledge of your health care provider, there is always the risk of human error. Fortunately, there are ways you can combat common medical errors by completing proper research from the beginning.

One of the most critical steps you can take in preventing medical negligence from happening to you, is to find a health care provider who is committed to quality. According to the Huffington Post, there are many ways you can do this including the following:

  • Pay attention to credentials: While your doctor’s credentials may seem lengthy, unimportant and even confusing, they provide critical insight into his or her background and expertise. Understanding the strengths of your health care provider can help you to determine whether or not he or she is capable of providing the medical treatment you need.
  • Ask for references: The network of people you interact with each day are a valuable resource to use when trying to find a doctor. Ask friends, family, coworkers and even people on your social media platforms who they recommend for medical treatment. Armed with references, you can compare your options and select one that best fits your needs and personal requirements.
  • Get to know your doctor personally: Once you have selected a doctor, it is critical that you take the time to get to know him or her. Assess how you feel when you interact with your doctor and whether or not he or she is patient and thorough in regards to answering questions and providing helpful suggestions.

Before receiving treatment for the first time, pay a visit to the doctor’s office and ask for a tour. Observe different elements like cleanliness, transparency, organization and staff demeanor. The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.

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