When we investigate a medical malpractice case it starts with reviewing the medical records. All doctors do what is called a history. A medical history is information that comes from you. Questions like how long have you been having symptoms, how long have you been on medication, when was the last time you had a physical etc. Even though you are doing the talking, the doctor is doing the writing. You have to be very clear to a doctor about giving a history. So here are some tips.
1. When you fill out the the paperwork about your medical history, be as detailed as you can. For example, be clear about how long you have had symptoms. If it is days , write days, if it is weeks, write down the exact amount of weeks.
2. When you describe your symptoms use descriptive words like sharp pain, stabbing pain, fatigue,etc. Many diseases are associated with these descriptive words and can help a doctor figure out what is wrong with you.
3. Have a list of medications you take with you so that you can list them all. This can prevent medication errors.
4. Make sure you describe your symptoms as concise as possible. Doctors have to see a certain amount of patients throughout the day. You may be given a 10 minute window to meet with your doctor. Don't waste time with wasted words.
In many of our cases, there is a dispute between the doctor and the patient as to what was said in the history. By following these tips, you can prevent or minimize these issues.
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