Taking Care Of Your Health Starts With Your Choice Of A Doctor
When we go to a doctor to alleviate our ailments, it is difficult to believe they could cause any harm or injury. However, health professionals make errors and sometimes provide services well below their expected performance based on their knowledge and experience in the medical field.
If a doctor fails to meet the expected performance, also called standard of service, the injury victim may file a lawsuit against the negligent health staff or professional. At Theodoros & Rooth, P.C., we encourage individuals looking for a new specialist or doctor – or even those who already have a doctor – to investigate the health care providers’ background and whether they have a history of medical malpractice in Indiana or any other state.
How To Verify If Your Health Professional Has Been Sued For Medical Malpractice
It is quite reasonable to expect that information that may potentially damage a health care provider’s reputation will not be readily available online. Although reviews in search engines or websites might be helpful, they provide only one side of the professional’s practice.
Therefore, when you engage in such research, we recommend verifying a health care professional’s:
- Educational background and board certifications
- Status of their license in the relevant licensing board (active or suspended)
- History of malpractice, lawsuits or disciplinary actions
In order to do so, you may use valuable online resources such as the American Board of Medical Specialists (ABMS) Certification Matters website, state credentials or affiliations. Other resources include the AMA DoctorFinder, the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) or web searches including keywords such as malpractice, lawsuit and similar terms.
This background check is a suitable method to ensure you are in good hands. It is also important to consider that doctors are sued due to cases that were beyond their capacity to solve and are not the result of medical malpractice. Speaking to your health care provider is also a good way to confirm the information you found.
At Theodoros & Rooth, P.C., we have more than 100 years of combined experience protecting the rights of medical malpractice victims due to unnecessary surgery, misdiagnosis or medical fraud and other types of cases. We strive to hold negligent doctors accountable. We also believe that prevention is a valuable key to protecting your health and your loved ones.