Smart Talk - by Kathleen Kettles

New York Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice can occur in many forms. One way it can occur is due to miscommunication between doctors. As incredible as this may sound, it occurs more often than you might think. In busy metropolitan hospitals, with different specialists involved in patient care, it happens. For instance, we are handling a case now in which two doctors have sworn under oath that the other doctor was responsible for managing the patient's post-operative care. Because no one was in charge of managing the patient she suffered serious complications.

If you are hospitalized you can have a role in preventing this from happening. Either yourself or, if you are incapacitated, a family member should ask questions and demand answers. Don't be afraid to ask about what medications are being given, in what dose and who ordered them. Make sure you know who is in charge of you care.

It is your health, ask questions and get answers. The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

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