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What Does a Hospital’s Rating Mean in Relation to Medical Negligence?

You may not always have a choice of hospitals when you need surgical services — but checking the rating of hospitals beforehand can help you mitigate the risk of a medical mistake. As any experienced Clearwater malpractice attorney knows, checking a hospital’s rating before you walk through the front door can often mean the difference between a simple, in-and-out visit and a stressful, lengthy malpractice suit.

When medical mistakes are made in a hospital, additional pain and suffering — and sometimes even loss of life — can result. For that reason, many people rely on a high rating of the hospital when choosing where to seek care and treatment. If you have a choice of hospitals in your area, and your health insurance does not restrict your choices, visiting a hospital with a higher rating could end up saving your life. Although hospital ratings aren’t standardized across the industry, several agencies —  including Leapfrog Group, Healthgrades, Joint Commission, U.S. News and World Report and Consumer Reports — base their ratings on the following criteria:

  • Patient safety scores
  • Patient experience (communication, call light response, discharge planning)
  • Patient outcomes
  • Hospital-acquired infections
  • Readmission rates
  • Surgical site infections
  • Serious complications

Regardless of which hospital you choose, you deserve competent care without mistakes. Hospital ratings can only predict what the most likely and most frequently reported experience may be within any given criteria. If you or a loved one does become a victim of medical negligence, you’ll need an experienced Clearwater medical negligence attorney on your side.

The Law Office of Paul B. Genet, P.A. has extensive experience handling medical negligence cases. Contact us today for your free consultation.

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