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According to an editorial piece published by USA Today, “If a 747 jetliner crashed every day, killing all 500 people aboard, there would be a national uproar over aviation safety and an all-out mobilization to fix the problem. In the nation’s hospitals, however, about the same number of people die on average every day from medical ‘adverse events,’ many of which are preventable errors, such as infections or incorrect medications.“
Thousands of Florida residents put their trust in doctors, nurses and health care professionals to treat them during their times of need. This could mean relying on a cardiologist to diagnose and treat a heart attack, rushing an injured family member to the emergency room or simply seeking treatment at a walk-in clinic.
Many people never give the quality of care they receive a second thought, but others must suddenly confront the reality that they’ve been harmed at a hospital, treatment center or clinic. Negligence, neglect and mistakes made by health care providers can have serious consequences, and victims of medical malpractice have specific rights under the law.
If you have been injured, or a member of your family has been hurt or killed by the actions of a doctor, nurse, CNA or other type of caregiver, and you are considering pursuing a medical malpractice case, review our free book before you decide whether you should hire a Daytona Beach medical malpractice lawyer. Proving medical malpractice can be difficult, so it is important to know all the facts before proceeding with any type of legal action.
When people in Florida visit hospitals and clinics, ride in ambulances or seek help at area emergency rooms, their lives are in the hands of others. Each day, health care providers are entrusted with the responsibility of treating the most vulnerable members of our society. Unfortunately, they don’t always get the care they need.
The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation says nearly 4,000 medical malpractice cases are successfully closed in our state every year. While this relatively low number indicates that a vast majority of Floridians are receiving adequate care, it also shows that caregivers who violate the law can – and will – be held accountable for their actions.
The Problem with Walk-In Clinics
The days of having a designated family physician is a thing of the past for some people. With the rise of “convenient care,” walk-in clinics and “Doc-in-a-box” one-stop, drop-in facilities, personalized treatment is on the decline and problems are more common. Many people who turn to these clinics don’t have any other choice. It could be as simple as being away from home, facing a sudden emergency or finding yourself without health insurance. These kinds of “quick care” businesses too often make misdiagnoses, provide negligent treatment and just don’t give people the attention that their injuries require.
If you regularly seek help at a walk-in clinic or are considering it, here are some tips about what to know before you go.
- Not a Primary Care Physician – Walk in clinics may be an option for last minute care, but they shouldn’t replace your primary care physician (PCP). 95% of walk in clinics are staffed by a nurse practitioner and not an actual physician. This can be problematic when diagnosing something rare or unusual. Most walk in clinics also make it impossible to develop a doctor-patient relationship, which can significantly improve the quality of care you receive.
- Feeling Really Sick? – If you’re feeling really sick, a walk in clinic is not your best option. Chest pains, shortness of breath and dizziness are all examples of medical conditions that should be treated in a doctor’s office or emergency room.
- Full Disclosure – Before you are seen by a walk-in clinic, make sure they fully disclose their scope of clinical practice. Do they see children regularly? Are they equipped to handle mental health issues?
- Let Your PCP Know – Even if you do decide to visit a walk-in clinic, it is wise to let your primary care physician know. This will allow your PCP to determine if further examination or treatment is necessary.
- Don’t Accept Referrals – If your walk-in clinic practitioner believes that you should be seen by a specialist, you should first consult with your PCP.
- Not a Solution for Long-Term Care – If you have a long-term illness or condition, a walk-in clinic is not the place for you. You need specific medical care to help you manage chronic diseases properly and ensure that complications do not arise.
Contact Our Experienced Florida Medical Malpractice Attorneys
If you or someone you love has sustained harm due to a physician, nurse, or medical professional negligence in Volusia or Flager counties, contact the Daytona Beach medical malpractice attorneys at Zimmet & Zimmet today. We can be reached at (386) 255-6400.