Tips to Staying Safe at the Hospital

Hospitals can save your life, but they can also harm you if proper precautions are not taken by medical officials and even by you.

Follow these steps to staying safe on your next hospital visit:

  1. Never Go Alone. Never make a trip to the hospital alone if you are the patient. Bring a family or friend.
  2. Prepare Before You Go. Bring all the necessary documents for any doctor’s appointment or hospital visits. Bring all medications or records of medications and know family medical history before the appointment.
  3. Get to Know Your Care Team. Find out more about your doctor and his or her team.
  4. Ask About Tests Being Done. Know what each test means and why you need it done. Many malpractice mistakes occur because a doctor will confuse patient medical records and preform tests on patients that were not intended for that patient.
  5. Clearly Explain Symptoms/Pain. Make sure your doctor knows exactly what part of your body is in pain. Show them specifically where you are experiencing the issues and make sure you talk to them about all your symptoms. Many mistakes in the hospital include performing on the wrong side of the body.
  6. Ask About Every Treatment. Make sure you know what medications do what. Ask your doctor about the benefits and risks of the medications and if there are any alternatives. Do some research on the medication to make sure it is safe.
  7. Keep All Your Records. Keep all records of your hospital visits and prescriptions. Record every test you received and any dates. Write down when each medication is and when it was given. Don’t forget to ask for the records before you are discharged from the hospital!
  8. Make Sure Your Physician Washes Their Hands. If someone is doing a procedure on you, ask him or her to follow an infection control checklist. Hospital-acquired infections kill 100,000 people every year.
  9. GPS Tracking Devices for the Elderly. If you or a loved one tends to wander, consider a GPS tracking bracelet.


If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in the hospital as a result of medical malpractice and/or the hospital’s negligence, contact us immediately.

Source: Huffington Post

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In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP