Medical malpractice: When do you need a new doctor?

In some cases, patients may consider getting a new doctor. These tips can help you decide if you need to start looking for a new physician.

Establishing a patient-doctor relationship with a physician can be difficult. Not only do patients often struggle to find a recommended physician in their community, but they likely also have to make sure the doctor is covered by their insurance policy. Even after all this work is completed, patients should be careful to evaluate their physician to make sure he or she is providing a high level of care. In fact, even patients that have seen the same doctor for years should occasionally reevaluate their relationship. Although a type of friendship may develop over the course of care, it is important to make sure the doctor is meeting your needs. If the physician's practice of medicine is falling behind or does not meet your expectations, it may be time to find a new doctor.

Need a new doctor? Ask yourself these questions.

Forbes recently published an article addressing these concerns. The piece provided a variety of factors for patients to consider when reevaluating their patient-doctor relationship. Some highlights include:

  • Board certification. One easy way to check if your physician is keeping up on current practices is to see if the doctor is board certified. Although board certification in a particular specialty does not guarantee quality care, it does signify that the physician has met standards set by the board and has likely taken recent classes or seminars to keep his knowledge current.
  • Bed side manner. Does the physician listen? One important component to making a diagnosis is hearing what the symptoms and concerns of the patient are. Without this information, a physician may not order the tests that would lead to a proper diagnosis.
  • Networking. Ideally, your physician should have a cordial relationship with other practitioners in the community. This can help the physician have a variety of options if you need a specialist for future work.

These are only a few tips and additional factors should be taken into consideration. These factors can include everything to how organized the physician's office staff is at maintaining records and returning calls to going with your gut instinct.

What happens if I am the victim of medical malpractice?

Even physicians that are trustworthy and keep up to date on medical techniques make mistakes. If the mistake was based on negligence a medical malpractice case may exist. This can occur in a variety of situations. Some examples include not following standard practices of care while delivering a baby, potentially leading to injuries to the baby and the mother, failing to properly diagnose cancer or surgical errors.

Whatever the mistake, those who are victims are wise to seek the counsel of an experienced medical malpractice lawyer to help better ensure their legal rights and any potential remedies are protected.

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