We want to trust our doctors. Whether you have what seems like a minor pain or sickness, and just want it to be over quickly, or you have a serious condition with frightening possibilities, your doctor is the one you hope will make it better. Doctors go through extensive training and are held to high standards, and often they will do what’s best for you – but doctors can also make bad calls. And it’s you, the patient, who pays the price.
That’s why it’s vital to be your own advocate whenever you are seeing a doctor, nurse or care provider. Whether your family physician or a hospital surgery team, you have a right to ask questions and get answers about any procedure or medication they recommend. Even the best doctors are making an educated guess when they diagnose you, and many doctors are overworked.
Here are five tough questions you can ask to help keep yourself informed – and safe:
If you feel uncomfortable with any doctor or proposed treatment, always seek another opinion. You will live with the results of your treatment for a long time.
If you or a loved one has been misdiagnosed or harmed by a medical professional, you have options. The law entitles you to compensation to help put your life back on track. Call the lawyers of Steinger, Iscoe & Greene for a free consultation today.