The relationship between patient and physician is an important one, no matter how long you plan on seeing your physician. You’ll want to make sure you pick a physician with whom you feel comfortable having open conversations with, as well as someone with the credentials in the areas that meet your health necessities. Finding the right doctor should involve just as much research as you would when looking for the right car or home. Finding the right doctor will be challenging, especially if you’re going to put your life in his or her hands. Even though medical malpractice can happen to anyone at any time, there are steps you can take to minimize your risk.
Here are some tips to help you choose the right doctor:
- Make a list of potential candidates for your procedure. This can be done by identifying which surgeons are on your insurance plan and/or identifying which surgeons practice in your area/hospitals.
- Once you have created the list, it’s time to confirm and verify their credentials. Go to http://flboardofmedicine.gov/ or https://appsmqa.doh.state.fl.us/MQASearchServices/Home to verify a physician’s license.
- Is your physician board certified? Find out at http://certificationmatters.org/. “Board Certified” means the physician has trained in a specialty and has passed a rigorous exam.
- Do any of your candidates have any professional reprimands or sanctions? Check https://appsmqa.doh.state.fl.us/MQASearchServices/Home to find out if they’ve ever had any disciplinary proceedings.
- Do they carry insurance? Many times a physician will not carry insurance or will only carry a minimal amount. Find out how much they have prior to undergoing any medical procedure. https://appsmqa.doh.state.fl.us/MQASearchServices/HealthCareProviders/PractitionerProfileSearch
- Check ratings, number of procedures performed and complication risks. Projects.propublica.org/surgeons and surgeonratings.org.
- Once you’ve done the research, it’s time to whittle down the list and meet with the remaining candidates.
- Find out if the procedure can be done with minimally invasive surgery.
- What are the risks of the procedure?
- How often does the doctor perform the procedure?
- Get a second opinion.
- Pick a finalist and interview them one more time.
Our Miami medical malpractice attorneys at Freidin Brown, P.A. work tirelessly to provide our clients with the highest caliber of legal representation to secure them the legal outcome they deserve and hold those responsible accountable for their actions. With more than 100 years of collective experience, you can rest assured that your case is in good hands when you choose to work with us. Call us at 888-650-0918 to explain your situation to a member of our firm today, or tell us all about your case by filling out our online form.