What is your most precious commodity? If you’re like most people, it is your health and the health of those you love. Many people enter the medical system—the system that cares for your valuable health—and simply assume that they are always in good hands. In reality, mistakes can and do happen in the medical environment, and the results can be devastating. That is why it is so important for you to become actively engaged in your own medical care and in the care of your loved ones. Speak up, ask questions, follow up on test results, and get second opinions. Refusing to be a passive patient could save your life. Pegalis & Erickson of Long Island devised this guide to being a proactive patient. Use it to take control of your own medical care. If a medical mistake happens to you, be sure to seek a medical malpractice attorney immediately to learn your rights. Please pass this vital information on to your family and friends.