Your Patient Rights And Responsibilities

Steps To Take To Prevent Medical Malpractice

Our attorneys are experienced advocates and trial attorneys for people across Georgia who have suffered serious injuries from medical negligence in hospitals, clinics and other care facilities. But since many of these injuries can be prevented, we want to contribute to that prevention by laying out these medical patient responsibilities for the benefit of patients and doctors alike.

It is beneficial for you to be proactive as a patient. As you are undergoing examination, treatment and procedures, you can be and advocate for yourself.

  • Ask to see your medical records.
  • Ask questions when you don't understand your treatment plan and options.
  • You should be provided all the information you need to make informed decisions.
  • Ask to speak with the hospital ombudsman if you have a complaint.
  • Be as polite as possible with your doctor, nurses and other health care workers.
  • Be an active participant in your treatment plan, if you agree to it.
  • Get a second or third opinion if you are unsure about a procedure, diagnosis or recommended treatment.
  • You have the right to not undergo treatment or follow a prescribed medication regimen if you choose, but this may prevent you from bringing a medical malpractice claim later.
  • Have honest conversations with your doctor and nurses.
  • As you are able, provide accurate and complete information about your health, including:
    • The nature of your illness or ailment
    • Your symptoms, pain and other issues as they occur
    • Past illnesses and hospitalizations
    • Medical history, including medication history
    • Changes in your medical condition
    • Your advance care directive

Do You Have An Advance Medical Directive? Have You Assigned Medical Power Of Attorney?

An advance medical directive (health care directive) will inform doctors and other care providers of your procedural and treatment wishes when you are unable to communicate effectively. There are many possible situations in which health care professionals must take quick actions to prevent harm or save your life. If they are not aware of the stipulations of your health care directive, they may unknowingly violate your wishes, including end-of-life care wishes.

Additionally, granting a trusted individual medical power of attorney ahead of time will give you an advocate in critical situations.

Were You A Victim Of Medical Malpractice?

Speak with one of our medical malpractice lawyers in Atlanta. We make in-depth investigations of medical malpractice claims, collaborating with a network of specialized experts to build cases, establish full and fair values of claims, and pursue maximum compensation for injuries and related damages.

The only way to understand the value and potential of your claim is to speak with an experienced and proven attorney. Our team has recovered millions on behalf of deserving clients throughout Georgia, and we can help you with your unique case and hardships.

Please call us at 888-392-4312, or email our team to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys. We look forward to speaking with you.

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