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That’s why it’s no longer a question why we should need to verify your attending surgeon. A licensed physician may claim to be a cosmetic surgeon. Having firsthand knowledge if your doctor meets the highest standards of education, experience, and ethics is an essential step.
This article isn’t about discrediting the capability of any surgeon or any licensed physician. Rather, this article aims to help future patients in getting a head start before their surgery.
Hear the side of the surgeon you choose. Anyone can file a lawsuit easily at any time, whether they have a reason or not. That’s how democracy works.
Verify if the filed lawsuit is because the results weren’t what the patient expected or if something unforeseen arose. Like undiagnosed medical conditions, anesthesia complications, etc. In order to verify that there’s indeed a medical malpractice, there must be evidence of negligence during the operation.
If you find it hard to discover by hearing it straight from your surgeon, then be abrasive. Most surgeons won’t tell you about their lawsuits although, you’ve retained the right to ask.
Then time to go to the county courthouse in which your surgeon practices and request to perform a search for litigations, arbitrations, trials in the ‘civil index.’
You may contact the state’s Department of Insurance on where your surgeon is practicing. Take note though, not all states were created equal so you might or might not get all the information you could get.
If you can afford to spend more, you can hire the services of private and semi-private law firms to do the job.
So those were the steps to verify any information about a particular plastic surgeon. Knowledge is power, and nothing is wrong with checking information before going through surgery. It’s your life and your body that’s at stake here. So choose wisely and educate yourself for a safe surgery.