Worried about Inadequate Treatment? Watch for These Warning Signs in Your Doctor's Office

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 15-Jun-2017

With medical error now being listed as the third most common cause of death in the United States, we must be vigilant like never before and take responsibility for our own treatment and care. Thankfully, you can protect yourself from many possible instances of medical malpractice or inadequate treatment just by keeping your eyes and ears open. Many times, the atmosphere or appearance of your doctor’s office can clue you in to possible danger signs.

What are some of these warning signs? Consider the following:

  • Look at the office itself. Is the receptionist area cluttered and disorganized? What about the examination room—is everything in its proper place? If you see signs of chaos or you notice someone is having trouble locating a piece of paperwork, beware. Many times errors occur simply because the office can’t keep their records in order.
  • Is everything clean? Beyond the clutter, look at the cleanliness of the doctor’s office. How do the bathrooms look? Are the floors dirty? If the staff isn’t taking time to keep everything clean, they may also be neglecting some of the sanitation requirements that help prevent you from getting infected.
  • How does the staff treat you? Does the receptionist seem aggravated or disinterested? Is the physician’s assistant friendly and efficient, or does she appear fatigued? If workers aren’t happy at work or seem distracted, they are more likely to make mistakes. Likewise, a significant number of medical errors occur due to sleep deprivation, as we show here.
  • How does the staff treat each other? Do they seem to communicate well among themselves? Do you see signs of tension or disagreement? Bad or inadequate office communication can often lead to miscommunications regarding your diagnosis, treatment or prescriptions.

Remember, you are your own best defense against medical errors and inadequate treatment, so if you see some of these warning signs, speak up—or just go somewhere else. If you have been a victim of medical error, our Washington D.C. malpractice attorneys can assist. Call our office for more information.

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