What should I do if my loved one was in the hospital, and I think the treatment that he was given was wrong? Do hospital doctors always know what’s best for every patient?
Sitting in a hospital room, watching your loved one suffer through pain, discomfort, and serious illness, can be an extremely difficult and trying time for anyone. The seemingly endless bombardment of hospital staff, confusing medical lingo, and the entangled mess of medical tubes can be overwhelming at best.
Every doctor is required to provide a reasonable standard of care to every patient to ensure his/her health and well being. Sometimes, medical results don’t happen in the time frame or manner that is expected. Sometimes, your loved one’s condition seems to worsen, despite the medical care that’s been provided. Having doubts about the type of care you loved one experienced is natural.
If you do have doubts about the quality or type of care your loved one has received by their medical care provider…
- Contact the primary care provider (PCP) immediately. They know the minute details of your loved one’s medical history better than anyone else. The PCP can reaffirm the care provided and it’s purpose, or can provide differing recommendations about your loved one’s medical care.
- Seek a second opinion. Explain your worries about the situation, the details of your loved one’s medical care, which doctor(s) are providing the stated medical care, and what other medical options might be available.
- Ask which doctor is in charge of your loved one’s care? Is he/she overworked? How much experience does he/she have with cases like this?
- Talk with a medical malpractice attorney if your loved one’s condition worsened as a result of the care provided. In some cases, pertinent medical health information is overlooked, minimized, or simply unknown by medical professionals. An attorney can help determine whether or not this negligence lead to your loved one’s injuries or medical complications.
It’s important to understand that if you have questions or doubts about the quality of medical care your loved one has received, you should pursue answers to your questions. Hospital doctors are human, too. They see lots of patients every day, and it’s okay to ask questions!
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