Accurate Medical Records Matter
Here’s something that many don’t know and just take for granted: The Accuracy of their medical records.
People need to understand their medical records are not necessarily recorded correctly. And that there can be serious implications of that. Whether it’s in prep for a surgery, medications prescribed, or certainly in the case of a lawsuit.
Checking Your Medical Records For Accuracy
There are a lot of mistakes made when the nurse or doctor is asking you questions once you get in the room. You need to regularly check whatever they’re typing or writing is right. I just had a case recently where the information about how the accident happened wasn’t recorded properly. And now we’re spending an inordinate amount of time trying to explain why those records aren’t right. And you never want to be in that situation. But you also want to make sure that all the health information, allergies, prior injuries, are right. Sometimes, people are in a hurry, they’re not truly listening. They have patients stacked back to back, they’re running behind. And the records are not correct. And what happens in the electronic record age is that that error gets passed on down the line, from file to file, and into your portal. So the next doctor and the next… everybody just repeats the mistakes.
You See Lots of Doctors and Nurses
Sometimes you’re at the doctor’s facilities and you’re going from room to room, you see multiple people. And between a doctor and a couple of different nurses, they ask you the same thing. You might get tired of repeating the same information. But it’s so important to stay on topic and to stay consistent so that the information is correct. And then actually ASK to see what they’ve put in – so you have a say right then and there and correct any of their mistakes.
Technology Does Make It Easier
There’s a second line of defense for your medical records and making sure they’re correct. You know, we’re living in a time when we all have access. You can get your electronic records immediately. If you see an error, make sure you make sure you state it in writing that it’s wrong.
If you have any further questions, please contact our personal injury offices at 1-800-608-3333 or visit our website StanleyLawOffices.com. We’ll be there for you.