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How Can Doctors Prevent Malpractice?

Steve Wagner

Did you know studies show that doctors who take extra defensive measures by ordering excessive amounts of tests and procedures are statistically not protecting themselves any better from malpractice?

What doctors are calling defensive medicine is really just costing the system billions every year, and is not significantly cutting back on the number of malpractice suits.

So what do studies suggest doctors need to do to protect themselves and properly diagnose patients?

You’d never guess…it turns out, doctors should talk to their patients.

Study after study in recent years have all lined up to show that patients who file malpractice claims are more likely to be frustrated with the amount of time their doctor gave them, and they are more likely to believe they were rushed by their doctor.

While doctors tend to believe that patients only sue them so they can be awarded money, it turns out that the majority of patients who sue their doctors are doing so because they believe there was negligence involved in their treatment.

So here’s what we recommend to you:

  • Talk to your doctor – If he doesn’t give you what feels like adequate time or care, find a new doctor. Don’t trust the diagnosis of someone who doesn’t care about you long enough to listen to your concerns.
  • Get a second opinion – If what you’re dealing with is a potentially serious or life threatening issue, it never, ever hurts to get a second opinion before you agree to treatment.
  • Don’t Consent if you Don’t Understand –

Contact the Malpractice Attorneys at Wagner Reese

If you have suffered negligence at the hands of a doctor, it’s not too late to take control of your recovery and regain what you’ve lost in the process. Call the medical malpractice attorneys at Wagner Reese at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a free consultation.


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