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Preventing medical negligence with personal attentiveness

Medical negligence is far more common than many people realize and can rob unsuspecting victims of health, confidence and overall quality of life. For people who are preparing to visit a doctor in Iowa, being extra vigilant about their treatment can be the difference between mediocre and high-quality care.

A story reported by The Gazette illustrates how dangerous medical negligence can be. The story details the case of a woman who went in to have two benign tumors surgically removed. During the surgery, a mistake resulted in a major artery being carelessly cut. The oversight resulted in a stroke which ultimately affected the woman’s ability to speak, caused paralysis and left her with other devastating limitations. She now has to rely on others for 24-hour care which could last the remainder of her life.

The Huffington Post shared ways in which people seeking medical care can avoid medical negligence by being personally involved and attentive to their treatment. These include the following:  

  • Getting a second opinion
  • Taking proper care of themselves
  • Doing their research and comparing health care providers
  • Bringing another person to all appointments
  • Asking questions
  • Deciding on who will be their power of attorney

Medical negligence ranks third as the leading cause of death in the United States, right behind heart disease and cancer. Research estimates that nearly 210,000 patients are fatally injured by some form of medical negligence each year. Reported claims of medical negligence have doubled in a seven-year period in cases reported against the National Health Service.

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