Is the doctor you’re seeing genuinely a good doctor, or is your doctor a slick, incompetent physician with a charming manner and friends who post favorable reviews online? If you follow the news, you’re aware that medical malpractice happens every day in California, A variety of studies over the last few years agree that the number of deaths in the United States caused by preventable hospital errors may be as high as 98,000 annually. That’s more than 250 fatalities every day due to medical malpractice. Medical malpractice costs more than $3.6 billion per year in the United States. If you’re injured by medical malpractice in the Pasadena or Los Angles area, protect yourself and speak with an experienced Pasadena medical malpractice lawyer about your legal options.
One way find out about your doctor is to check court records in the county where he or she practices. Has your doctor been accused of malpractice in the past? If so, what was the result? If you find that a specific doctor has been sued on several occasions, it may be worth a personal trip to the courthouse to read the complete files before allowing the physician to operate on you or your loved ones. Of course, some cases are resolved out-of-court, which means there will be no court records. The California Medical Board sometimes can tell you if a doctor has been accused or disciplined, but underfunding and understaffing means their information may not be comprehensive.
Of course, you shouldn’t ignore the recommendations of friends and family members. If someone you trust has relied on the same doctor for twenty or more years, that doctor may be the one you should see. While you’re looking, stay healthy, eat right, and get plenty of sleep and exercise. If you are lucky, you may not require more than a check-up. If you do become a victim of medical malpractice in the Pasadena or Los Angeles area, help is available, and you should arrange to speak with an experienced Pasadena medical malpractice lawyer as soon after a malpractice incident as possible.