7/03/2007

Public Please Be Informed

Unfortunately, many patients have no idea that by filing a Medical Malpractice case against a doctor it does not necessarily constitute a medical complaint with the board. As a matter of fact, the board is soooo short staffed they do not investigate lawsuits or even know about them. Unless there is a settlement or judgment for more than $29,999. (This is the magic dollar amount doctors will settle for, because the board will not investigate.) It is unfortunate, the very entity that is suppose to protect us does not have the time or the manpower to do so.

If you feel you have been injured or the doctor fell below the standard of care. Please be aware your complaint should be two fold: One is CIVIL and one is a COMPLAINT WITH THE MEDICAL BOARD OF CALIFORNIA. BOTH MUST BE DONE!!! The First is a "CIVIL LAWSUIT" this must be done by a CIVIL ATTORNEY and Secondly a "MEDICAL COMPLAINT" must be filed by YOU, THE PATIENT. Almost every attorney that turns down Medical Malpractice cases for one reason or another and hardly ever advises the patient/plaintiff that their other recourse would be to file a complaint with the Medical Board of California.

We want to educate the public. Filing a lawsuit against a doctor is not your only recourse. You must file a complaint with the California Medical Board, irregardless if you have a medical malpractice lawsuit or not. The California Medical Board needs to know about your complaint, even if your Attorney does not want too.

If you want to keep healthcare affordable, get rid of bad doctors. If you want to keep medical malpractice cases low, get rid of bad doctors. If you want to keep medical complaints at a minimum, get rid of bad doctors.

1 Comments:

At 4/01/2008 7:33 PM, Blogger Stefani said...

Thank you for this blog. BUT . . . I have to ask you -- how can the public get rid of bad doctors if the medical boards repeatedly don't take their licenses away? We can complain and complain all we want, but look how many women this man has butchered. If the medical boards did their job, then we WOULD be able to get rid of them. Perhaps every single member of the medical boards should be held PERSONALLY responsible by all of the subsequent victims? Perhaps you need a CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT. This guys license should have been taken away a long time ago.

I am so sorry for what all of these women have gone through, my heart goes out to them. Betrayal and butchery by a doctor I am sure is one of the most psychologically devastating experiences you can have. In addition to their physical wellbeing, I hope they are tending to their emotional wounds. Take care and thank you (all) for your bravery.

 

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