Information on Past Complaints and Formal Allegations Against a Doctor or Hospital
In today’s connected world, it’s easy to find hundreds of online reviews for your favorite restaurants, hotels and shopping centers, but it is challenging to find specifics about experiences people have with doctors and hospitals. It’s common for the people to entirely trust their care providers and hospitals without researching into their backgrounds, but taking the initiative to look into prior complaints about your doctor could literally save the life of yourself or a loved one.
Previous Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
One way to view past complaints against your care provider is to search the Federation of State Medical Boards database called DocInfo. The database requires a small fee, but the list extensively notes all disciplinary actions taken against physicians nationwide. Additionally, you can check with your state’s licensing board to ensure your physician has not had any disciplinary action taken against them. Searching court records can reveal any lawsuits that have been filed against your doctor or hospital in the past. Your state’s Department of Health Services will inform you about any formal complaints against a hospital, and some health insurance plans will provide information when requested. Finally, the National Committee for Quality Assurance gathers data about physicians and grades them based on the care provided to patients.
The attorneys at Berger Lagnese & Paul, LLC understand that it’s natural to instinctively trust your medical professional or hospital. We believe that it is worth the investment to carefully investigate the medical professionals and treatment centers that you plan on utilizing unless it is an emergency. Sadly, it’s often too late when you’ve realized your medical professional or hospital is untrustworthy because you’ve already been injured by their negligence.
Contact an Experienced Pittsburgh Medical Malpractice Attorney
Our law firm is dedicated to pursuing justice for clients injured due to medical malpractice. We seek to secure the best possible outcome for each of our clients and fight aggressively for a full financially restoration. Our knowledgeable medical malpractice attorneys can be contacted at 412-471-4300.
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