How to Avoid Incompetent Doctors, Medical Staff, and Hospitals (Part 2)
by Kimberlyw Ware
I was falling in and out of consciousness. The doctor tried to get Justin out with forceps but was unsuccessful. I could feel my baby kicking in my womb. He was fighting for his life. They had to move me from labor and delivery to the operating room (OR). The OR was not near the delivery room. The medical staff had to go down three long halls on the other side of the building. OR should have been much closer to labor and delivery just in case for emergency C-Sections; this, too, was also negligence upon the hospital.
I was rushed to OR while the nurses were gossiping and were not helping to get me prepped for surgery. One nurse had to literally yell at them to get them to help me get ready for surgery. I again wanted the incompetent nurse out but I was too weak. They took my baby and but I did not hear him cry they rushed him to NICU.
I had to get a blood transfusion. I later found out my son had an Apgar score of only one. He was near death when he was born. He was the biggest baby in NICU weighing in at 8 pounds, 4 ounces. He should not have been in there. If the doctors and medical staff had done their job and listened to me then none of this would have happened.
My experience was a nightmare. But maybe I went through this in order to help others. I will never know why this happened to me and my son but I know one thing for sure, I want to help others so they do not have to go through the same hospital nightmare that I have been through. The following are some tips and advice that I hope that you all will find helpful.
How to avoid incompetent doctors, medical staff, and hospitals:
1. Make sure you know if a hospital is a learning/teaching hospital. Be very careful because often times they try to push off inexperienced doctors and nurses with poor bedside manners.
2. Ask doctors their credentials/qualifications.
3. Research the hospital—see if they have a good reputation.
4. Ask others about their experience at that particular hospital.
5. If you do not feel comfortable you always have the right to demand a more experienced doctor, especially if they are doing any type of major surgery.
6. Check the Medical Board to see if the doctors are licensed.
7. Warning! If you see a waiver notice in the paperwork that says you have to waive your right to sue the hospital for medical malpractice, this is a warning sign that the hospital might have a high incident of being sued due to medical negligence.
If this similar thing happens to you please consider the following:
1. Request your medical records as soon as possible (ASAP).
2. Look for lawyers that practice law within your state. Makes sure you check out their credentials and make sure they have actually handled and won some medical malpractice lawsuits against hospitals.
3. Look out for 1-800 type lawyers on television commercials and ads that say that they help people with medical malpractices. Some of them actually work for the hospitals. Some law firms are only after the highest bidder and if you can’t pay them then they will give you the run around and help the hospital by saying they might represent and give you the false pretense that they are interested in your case. Some possibly take fees from the hospital to ensure they have enough time to flag your record and falsify your records to protect themselves and not pay you for anything. And in the meantime, you are suffering extreme medical cost due their negligence.
4. When you request your medical records make sure you put everything in writing. If a negligent hospital tries to keep you from getting your records and is stalling time, you will have legitimate proof that this is really taking place. Make sure you send them a certified letter and go to the hospital’s medical records to make sure you made additional efforts to getting your medical records. Remember the hospital is stalling for time to falsify their records and to ensure you miss the date of statue of limitations.
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