At Hartley Hampton, P.C., our goal is to help injured people. We vigorously advocate for justice for our clients in court, but everyone would be better off if accidents, medical malpractice, and other harmful events never happened in the first place. Below is a list of practical suggestions you can use to prevent car wrecks, doctors’ errors, and other accidents, and stay safe.
Highway Safety Tips for Avoiding Accidents and Injuries on the Road
- Wear your seat belt at all times. Make sure your child is securely riding in an approved car seat.
- If you are riding a motorcycle, wear a helmet at all times.
- Obey posted speed limits and traffic signs.
- If your car begins to break down, look for a safe place to pull off the road, such as a parking lot or side street. Avoid pulling immediately onto the shoulder of a highway.
- If you must change a flat or leave your car on the shoulder, use your emergency flashers and place a warning triangle 100 feet from your car.
- Do not leave passengers sitting in the car while changing a flat or fixing the engine. Passengers should stand well away from the vehicle and help watch for cars that may pose a danger to you.
- If you are in an accident, wait for police and medical help to arrive. Do not discuss anything with the other driver. Talk only with the police officer taking your report. Everything you may say at the scene may be used in a future lawsuit.
Healthcare Safety Tips for a Safe Hospital Stay
- Inform your nurses and doctors of the medications and over-the-counter products you are taking, the dose, and the time of day you take them. Make sure the information is put onto your chart.
- Inform your medical team of medications you may be allergic to. Make sure the information is put onto your chart.
- Do not accept medications from any staff member who does not check your ID bracelet - every time.
- Ask questions about the medications you are being given and the reasons why.
- Request additional information about the medications, if any is available. Make yourself aware of possible side effects and interactions with other medications, foods, herbal remedies, and over-the-counter products.
- Inform your medical treatment team of any allergies you may have, especially if you will be taking any tests that require the use of dyes.
- Know where you are in the hospital and where the exits are in case of an emergency.
- Make sure your dietary requirements are being followed at meal times.
- Request help when moving in or out of your hospital bed.
- If your medical treatment team is discussing your case in your presence, ask for clarification of any medical terms or treatment options you don't understand.
- Before release, ask your nurse or doctor for a review of the medications you will be taking.
- If you're too ill to follow these instructions, ask a friend or relative to help.
If you have questions about personal injury claims or medical malpractice, please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions about Personal Injury and Wrongful Death page of this Web site.
If you have been injured in a car or truck accident or through medical negligence, please Contact our Houston law offices to schedule a no-cost consultation about your legal options.