While in a hospital you are exposed to millions of germs and different bacterias and are at greater risk of contracting an infection then when you’re at home or on the street. To help prevent an infection follow these rules:
Insist on clean hands from doctors, nurses, and visitors.
Don’t shave any areas you will have surgery on. Shaving can leave cuts and nicks, which allow for bacteria to enter the body. If your surgeon plans on shaving the area, request they use clippers, not a razor, to prevent any cuts that may allow bacteria to enter your body.
Choose a surgeon and hospital with a low infection rate. Find this information at www.health.ny.gov.
Stop smoking before surgery.
Get tested for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) by a nasal swab weeks before going to the hospital.
Ask your doctor to keep you warm during surgery.
To avoid C-diff, do not touch your hands to your mouth and do not set food utensils on any surface other than a clean plate.
Minimize tubes inserted into your body, or if needed make sure they are antibiotic impregnated.
Ask about pre-surgery antibiotics.
Get out of the hospital ASAP.
STAY AT THE SCENE. Don’t leave the scene, even after a minor accident, as this is illegal and can result in serious criminal penalties if anyone was injured.
CHECK FOR INJURIES. Check yourself and anyone else involved for any serious or noticeable injuries. You may feel fine immediately after the accident, however some injuries may not be apparent until a few hours, maybe even days after the accident.
CALL THE POLICE. Even in a minor accident with no injuries or little damage call the police, as many insurance companies will not accept a claim without a police report.
MAKE SURE YOUR RECORD OF EVENTS IS ACCURATE. Before police arrive, try to remember everything that happened in the order it happened, including weather and road conditions. Do not take blame for the accident, even if you did cause it. Taking blame may jeopardize your claim. If you do not know the answer to a question then tell the officer you don’t know. Do not speculate or guess as this can result in an inaccurate record of events and a different record then the other people involved in the accident. Try to make sure all other statements are accurate as well.
TAKE PICTURES. With a camera or cell phone take pictures of anything related to the accident. This includes damage to your car, visible injuries, and damage to other cars, street signs/lights, license plates, any skid mark and the location of the accident and anything else that may be needed for the claim.
EXCHANGE INFORMATION. Generally all insurance information is included in a police report, however if police do not respond you must gather the information of all involved drivers yourself. Also, get the information of a witness so that they can be contacted later if needed.
REPORT THE ACCIDENT. Immediately report the accident to your insurance provider. See if you are covered for any injuries as some insurance plans include medical coverage for anyone in your vehicle who sustained an injury from the accident. In New York you must file a No-Fault application within thirty days of the accident to have your medical bills paid, and lost wages reimbursed.
SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION. Injuries sustained during the accident may not become apparent until a day or two after the accident. For this reason it is important you see a physician or go to your local emergency room, as you can sustain serious spinal and head injuries even from a minor accident.
KEEP RECORDS. All records, from a claim number and medical records to rental car receipts and witness phone numbers should be kept in a file together so that an attorney can review all the information. These records include everything related to the accident. Make sure you have all your records and files available to be reviewed by an attorney.
TALK TO AN ATTORNEY. It is extremely important you contact an attorney after the accident. A lawyer can protect your rights and make sure all important evidence is available. Do not discuss the accident with anyone other than the police, your insurance company and your attorney. Do not give a statement regarding the accident to other insurance companies until you have spoken with an attorney. If other insurance companies call you, politely direct them to speak to your attorney so that an interview can be arranged.
If you believe you or a loved is a victim of a medical error resulting in injury or death, you should immediately speak to an attorney. Medical malpractice cases can often be very stressful so here are a few things to do if you believe you or a loved one is a victim of medical malpractice:
MAKE YOUR HEALTH A PRIORITY. Continue seeking medical attention. Just because one doctor injured you does not mean that another doctor can not help. Visit a different hospital or doctor and explain to them what happened and any pain or discomfort it has caused. Your health should remain a priority.
DO NOT BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS. You have a right to know about what is going on with your health. Ask doctors questions like how your injury exactly occurred, or if it can be fixed. It is always a good idea to get a SECOND OPINION if a doctor does not want to answer your questions, or seems evasive, as there may be options to your current recommended treatment.
REQUEST YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS. You are entitled to copies of your entire medical records, including x-rays, MRI’s etc. When requesting medical records do not inform the hospital or doctor you plan on filing a law suit or contacting a lawyer. You do not need a reason to request medical records and should not have to tell anyone what you need them for.
CONTACT US AT 1-800-499-WOLF. We have over thirty years experience in handling, settling and if necessary trying and obtaining successful medical malpractice verdicts. We handle all types of medical malpractice cases throughout New York and New Jersey.
Even when you least expect it, innocent or guilty, you may find yourself in handcuffs and in the back of a police car. It is crucial you know how to handle this situation so that you can protect your rights and to ensure your safety and fair treatment. You should always have identification on you, the police will often arrest you even for a minor stop if you do not have ID. Here are a few steps to take in the event you are arrested, whatever the reason is:
COOPERATE. It is crucial that during your arrest you cooperate with police. Even if you feel you are being wrongly arrested or being mistreated resisting will only cause problems. Only speak when you are being asked simple questions by the police, however do not volunteer information to the police. It is important you remain calm and quiet and when asked specific questions regarding your arrest make it clear you want to speak to an attorney before you are questioned.
REQUEST AN ATTORNEY. It is your right to remain silent until your lawyer is present for questioning. Before questioning tell the officers you want to speak to an attorney. After this they should not ask any further questions until your attorney is present. It is in your best interest to talk to a lawyer before questioning.