Hindsight is 20/20, we all know that. However, while there are times you need to jump in with both feet and take a chance — choosing a healthcare provider does not fall into that category. In fact, it belongs more in the “look before you leap” file.
You probably spend far more time looking into a potential doctor for your child than yourself. You ask around, get referrals, read testimonials and scour the Internet so you know your baby will be in good hands. However, most adults don’t take the time to do that kind of research for themselves.
If you knew you could save yourself serious injury by doing some simple research, would you do it? You can find out a lot of information by contacting the NJ State Board of Medical Examiners. You can also do a general search online; people tend to get serious about doing online reviews when they’ve been wronged. If you find a lot of negative comments online about a physician’s or practice you are considering going to, weigh what you read fairly. Were the comments by one person who is using the review platform as a soap box? Or, are there several claims of wrongdoing. Use your brain and your gut.
There is also a website that provide doctor and hospital ratings: www.healthgrades.com.
Point of note: Unless the person you are researching has been disciplined by the state licensing board, you really won’t be able to find out how many, if any, medical malpractice lawsuits they have battled. If the doctor or facility is currently fighting a claim that would be public information and you can get data on that.
If you find yourself the victim of doctor negligence or other type of medical malpractice, you may not have been able to foresee it, but you can take action now. Contact the successful personal injury lawyers at Andres & Berger right away for a free consultation about your injuries. We will fight for you.