I’d rather regret the things I have done
than regret things I have not done.”
Whether you “love Lucy” or not, her advise is applicable to you if you are about to pay a visit to the doctor’s office about an upcoming medical procedure. Wouldn’t you rather risk the potential embarrassment of asking the wrong questions of your doctor than regret not asking enough questions? To help on both accounts, here is a list of questions you may consider posing when you make that doctor’s visit.
Specifically, What Procedure Are You Recommending?
Don’t let the medical terminology intimidate you when asking questions of your doctor. See to it the doctor communicates in a way you and your family understand before you agree to any procedure (and especially surgery).
Is This A Diagnostic Or Exploratory Surgery?
Some surgeries are to fix a problem (diagnostic). Others are to find out where the real problem is coming from (exploratory). Your doctor should validate the reasons for your surgery in either case. You should also ask what are the risks and potential advantages of this diagnostic or exploratory surgery.
What Are My Other Options?
Even when surgery seems obvious, it may be beneficial to hear what other options are available to you. Some doctors may tell you that surgery is imminent but that you can try immediate dietary and lifestyle changes in the meantime. Hearing what your other options are lets you know how serious the doctor is about this procedure being the best next step.
What Could Go Wrong?
You’ll want your doctor to articulate what would happen if the surgery doesn’t work, what possible complications could arise as a result, and how long recovery will take. What post-op medications will likely be needed? How will you feel after the surgery and for how long? Will you have to purchase any special equipment? How long will you likely be in the hospital during recovery? How long will you likely be out of work?
All of these questions can help you get a better understanding of what’s at stake with your next medical procedure. If things don’t go according to plan and medical malpractice may be at play, you’ll be glad you asked all of these questions ahead of time to file your claim.
Tavares Medical Malpractice Attorneys You Can Trust
If the negligence of your doctor, your hospital, or a medical professional has caused you to suffer, it is appropriate to pursue the fullest compensation to cover damages. Oldham & Smith will provide honest feedback as to what your legal options are in light of a potential medical malpractice claim. It is our policy to not charge you and your family a fee unless we recover compensation for you.
For more information or to speak directly with an attorney, please call our office at (352) 292-1620 or contact us by e-mail to discuss your case with a personal injury lawyer.