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When you go in for medical treatment in Virginia, addressing your concerns is vital in making sure you receive the highest quality care void of mistakes and errors. Fortunately, there are proactive steps that you can take in protecting yourself against the all-too-common occurrence of medical malpractice.

Your involvement in the health care you receive has the potential to prevent common errors and major mistakes by encouraging your doctor to work responsibly. The Agency for Health Care Research and Quality provides medical patients like yourself with several valuable suggestions including the following:

  • If you have experienced a hospital stay, make sure you fully understand what to do during recovery at home. Do not hesitate to ask questions and clarify things you do not understand.
  • If you have received some kind of test, do not disregard it if you have not heard anything about the results. While no news may indicate you passed, it could also mean an oversight and the results could be something vital to your health.
  • When receiving prescriptions, make sure your doctor is aware of all previous medications you have taken, the reactions you experienced with each and whether or not you are allergic to certain drugs.
  • Because most medications have potential side effects, ask for a written list of symptoms you may experience. This way, you can reference it throughout your treatment to verify that it is working the correct way.
  • If you need a surgery of some kind, research hospitals and ask for recommendations of facilities where the procedure has been successfully performed on many patients.

It is never a bad idea to involve a loved one or trusted friend in your medical treatment. Bringing someone with you to all appointments can provide a measure of protection for you, and it can encourage your health care provider to be responsible and professional. The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be interpreted as legal advice. 

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