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Patients can help prevent medical mistakes

Mistakes that occur in medical settings such as hospitals and clinics harm many Maryland residents each year. In fact, all over the country men and women are hurt when their doctors, clinicians and other medical caregivers fail to perform their duties with the requisite standards of care. Knowing that medical mistakes are a problem is the first step that patients can take to protecting themselves from these dangerous issues.

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality through the Department of Health and Human Services, patients can do a number of other things as well to avoid becoming victims of medical mistakes. For example, patients should not be afraid to ask questions of their doctors. Asking questions about treatments, test results, medications and other important details can make patients more prepared to recognize when doctor errors are occurring. Additionally, patients may wish to have trusted friends or family members included in their healthcare plans so that others may be involved in the oversight of the loved ones' care.

However, despite a patient's proactive approach to understanding his own medical care, mistakes do happen that go unnoticed until they cause innocent victims to suffer harm. Misdiagnoses, surgical mistakes and other serious errors can and do happen and can leave patients in worsened conditions and in some cases without means of improving their health.

When medical mistakes result in losses and harm, victims may have rights to compensation from the parties who caused their suffering. Lawsuits based on medical malpractice can enable injured patients to be compensated for their losses and made whole after enduring medical mistakes. Individuals who wish to explore whether their medical issues may have resulted from medical malpractice may wish to consult with personal injury attorneys in their areas.

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