As a parent, one of the things that you may want to outsource to an expert is your children’s health. Doctors are people who you should be able to trust. They should deliver the medical care that you need to help you be the healthiest version of yourself, and for your children to be safe, healthy, and happy. However, you may, at some point (unfortunately) have a negative doctor experience.
If and when this happens to you, you need to know what to do and how to best approach the situation in order to make sure that health, respect, safety, and integrity are at the forefront.
Here are some suggestions if you ever face this scenario:
Speak Up for Yourself
Being able to speak up for yourself is important when dealing with doctors.
Sometimes it’s not practical to change doctors, or you may feel that your doctor is fine, apart from one issue that you want to address. If you’re prepared to speak up for yourself and let your doctor know what you expect from them, it can be very helpful. Most doctors are not purposely trying to do anything wrong. They want you to get the treatment you deserve and are willing to work with you as a team.
Make a Complaint
If/when you feel like you or your family has been treated poorly by a doctor, one of the first things you can do is make a complaint. You might make a complaint through the official channels at their office, clinic, or hospital (or wherever they are based). This can be one way to get a satisfactory outcome if you think you’ve been treated unfairly.
Sometimes you might also make the decision to make a complaint to their medical licensing board. This is an option you might take if you feel they have made a significant mistake or broken the law.
Seek Legal Council
Sometimes the treatment that you have received from a doctor might be so bad that you feel it’s important to seek legal recourse. This could be because you need to cover medical bills resulting from their treatment or because you feel it’s important for there to be some legal consequences.
In these situations, a medical malpractice attorney can help you to achieve your goal. They have the expert knowledge and experience to approach medical malpractice cases, which can be tricky to deal with. You can start by discussing your case and possible outcomes to see if it’s a right fit.
Find a New Doctor
Finding a new doctor can be the best option if you’re not happy with your current one. If you don’t feel that any of the issues you’re having with your doctor can be corrected, it’s a good idea to consider switching to a different doctor to avoid future confrontations.
Before searching for a new doctor, try making a list of the things you’re looking for. If you’re concerned about something in particular, you can make sure you ask about it or keep it in mind when researching your options.
If you have a negative doctor experience, don’t just accept it. There are things you can do to make it right.