${site.data.firmName}${SEMFirmNameAlt}
Call Us 24/7. No Fees Unless We Win.
1-844-ELK-WEST
Email (1-844-355-9378)
Call Us 24/7. No Fees Unless We Win.
1-844-ELK-WEST
Email (1-844-355-9378)
Main Menu Our Offices

Patient precautions may lower the risk of doctor errors

Mistakes are made in any profession, but when a person in Washington suffers a doctor error, the results can be devastating. It is not that far-fetched for people to think they may fall victim to medical malpractice. Forbes magazine reports that medical negligence is in the top three causes of death for Americans. 

People often do not get to choose who their medical providers are, but there are ways to improve their chances of quality care. It is easy to get to the doctor and forget to mention a symptom, for example, but noting the signs of a problem as they arise can ensure that the provider gets all the relevant information. Before the visit, the patient also may want to do some research and have that on hand, along with a list of questions. When doctors are rushed, they may be less inclined to sit and conduct a thorough interview and exam, but patients have the right to quality care, and should feel confident insisting on answers. It may also help to have a friend or family member come to the appointment who can offer support and help remember questions and answers that are discussed.

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, experts also advise that when tests, treatments and medications are recommended by a provider, these should not be taken at face value. Patients should ask what they are for, how they will help and if there are any potential adverse effects associated with them. 

Many people are seen by specialists, surgeons and other providers in addition to their primary care doctor. In these cases, it is essential to request that a provider verifies communication and coordination between physicians, facilities and other sources of care. 

 

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • Super Lawyers SUPER LAWYERS | Super Lawyers selects outstanding lawyers after a thorough selection process which includes peer nominations, thorough evaluations and research on the attorneys. Those attorneys selected for inclusion on the list of Super Lawyers have demonstrated strong recognition by their peers and also have significant professional accomplishments.
  • AV LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Pier Review Rated For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability MARTINDALE-HUBBELL | Based upon the surveys of their colleagues, Martindale-Hubbell's peer review ratings are designed to provide an objective standard to judge a lawyer's ethical standards and legal ability. The ratings are based upon the lawyer's legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication ability and legal experience. An AV Preeminent rating demonstrates that the lawyer's peers rate the lawyer as having the highest ethical and legal standards. A BV Distinguished rated lawyer's peers believe the lawyer has excellent standards and experience.
  • TopVerdict.com - United States - Top 100 US Verdicts - All Practice Areas - 2014 - Phillip A. Kuri TopVerdict.com | Top Verdict recognizes U.S. law firms and attorneys who have obtained one of the highest jury verdicts in the Nation or an individual State, in a particular area of law and year.
  • Multi Million Dollar Advocates ForumMULTI-MILLION DOLLAR ADVOCATES FORUM | Attorneys who have won multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements can apply for membership with the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.  Less than 1% of lawyers throughout the country are members of these forums, which were created to recognize the superior legal skills.
  • Avvo AVVO RATINGS | Designed to help people choose lawyers, the AVVO ratings use a mathematical model to rate lawyers objectively based upon the lawyer's qualifications. The calculation includes consideration of the lawyer's years of experience, achievements, recognition by other legal professionals and whether disciplinary action has been taken against the lawyer.
  • American Association for Justice AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR JUSTICE | The American Association for Justice, also known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA®), is a membership organization that supports plaintiff trial lawyers.  The AAJ provides services such as publications, listings of members, continuing legal education, training, and advocacy for the trial bar. Founded 1946.
  • NBTA National Board of Trial Advocacy Est. 1977 NATIONAL BOARD OF TRIAL ADVOCATES | To receive specialty certification from the American Bar Association's National Board of Trial Advocacy requires that attorneys meet strict quality requirements and have significant experience. The process of certification requires an examination, an evaluation of the applicant's writing sample and peer reviews.
  • The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers NATIONAL TRIAL LAWYERS | The National Trial Lawyers is composed of the top 100 trial lawyers from each state who are invited to join as members based on their excellent qualifications. Among other characteristics, the organization considers the lawyer's reputation and influence.
  • Best Lawyers | Best Law Firms | U.S. News and World Report 2017 U.S. NEWS AND BEST LAWYERS | Elk & Elk is proud to be listed as one of the top law firms in the country by U.S. News and Best Lawyers.
  • Best Lawyers | Best Law Firms | U.S. News and World Report 2018 U.S. NEWS AND BEST LAWYERS | Elk & Elk is proud to be listed as one of the top law firms in the country by U.S. News and Best Lawyers.

Main Office Seattle Office
1325 4th Avenue
Suite 1700
Seattle, WA 98101

Kentucky Office

Privacy Policy | Business Development Solutions by FindLaw, a Thomson Reuters business.