The Importance of Researching a New Physician: Uncovering Infractions and Medical Malpractice Allegations
Your new physician comes packaged with a highly respected professional efficiency, a great bedside manner, and a smile - but is this enough to trust him or her with something as important as your health?
Americans are often lax and overly trusting when choosing the medical team responsible for a wellness plan or upcoming surgery. The research process may appear intrusive or even difficult, but uncovering any indication of mistrust or instances of determined or alleged medical malpractice is worth the undertaking.Taking the First Step
Often, the first step in the research would be to confirm the physician’s credentials, experience, and his or her ability to meet your healthcare needs. During this process, it would be beneficial to review the physician’s work history and of any instances of disciplinary or medical malpractice claims.
With the expansive tools available to consumers via the internet, one may think the research process would be fairly easy to navigate, but often, this type of information is not easily found as transparency with regard to medical error is often elusive.Inaccurate Information is a Common Problem
Even though a medical professional directory or additional rating websites may provide derogatory information, rarely is it complete or even current. Often, the updating of this information is required to be provided by the physician, which leads to gross negligence in keeping the consumer up-to-date and informed.
Although visiting a physician’s personal webpage may provide an indication of services provided, it can be misleading. Once reviewed, the consumer should then contact their respective state’s medical board website. In addition to any outstanding or determined medical malpractice suits, information such as felony and misdemeanor convictions should clearly be evident.
The issue with this research step is that physicians can pack up their business in one state and become licensed in a new one. With this clean slate, any physician could potentially disassociate themselves from any prior derogatory circumstances, giving them the ability to and practice freely.Putting it all Together
When compiling research, it is key to remember that, with an estimated one million doctors practicing in the United States, names may be duplicated. During the process, it is important that you are uncovering the correct information for the physician you are researching.
If a research session has produced disciplinary or malpractice information, understanding the terminology or full review of the circumstances requires additional research. One can not rely heavily on the evidence of a medical malpractice instance without uncovering all the facts. Often pPatient expectations could have been unreasonable, or the patient did not follow all medical advice provided to them by the physician or his or her staff. During this process, the determination of the case may not be fully disclosed.
For those residing in California, the Medical Board of California, or the MBC, can be a resourceful tool since, under the California Business and Professions Code Section 801.01, all instances of medical malpractice must be reported.Injured by Medical Malpractice? Contact Our Seasoned Attorneys
If you are currently in the research process, due diligence is key, but if you believe you have been harmed by medical negligence, the San Jose medical malpractice attorneys of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard, L.L.P. fully understand your sense of betrayal. Our San Jose office reaches out to clients residing in Northern California and we urge you to contact our office to schedule a free consultation today. Our legal team will review your circumstances and discuss your legal options. Call us today at (408) 289-1417.Sources