What’s the first thing you do when you look for a new primary care physician or specialist? Do you search your health insurance’s provider network? Perhaps you ask one of your current doctors for a referral, ask friends and family whom they see, or Google doctors in your area. However you find your doctor, you probably do a little research. Your doctor may have impressive credentials – a good medical school, a prestigious residency, awards, publications, and the esteem of his or her peers… …but none of that will tell you whether your new doctor has a history of malpractice.
Why You Should Care About Medical MalpracticeIt’s sensible to research your new doctor’s background, but you should also specifically search for any history of medical malpractice. After all, you’d want to know if the person’s your about to hire to care for your most important possession – your own body – is able to do so with the care and attention it deserves. You’d want to know if they’ve been negligent or have harmed someone else, as well as why they did it and what happened afterward. In the words of Benjamin Franklin, “an ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure.”
The 5 Elements of Medical MalpracticeMedical malpractice, more formally known as medical negligence, is an:
- action or failure to appropriately act,
- by a physician
- during the course of treating a patient.
- is not a normal practice in the medical community (below the standard of care) and
- causes injury.