Office Based Surgery Lawyers
In recent years there has been a significant increase in the number of surgeries conducted in private medical offices. These surgeries are performed without hospitalization under both local and general anesthesia for everything from dermatological eradications to cosmetic modifications. However, anyone considering an office-based surgery should be careful in selecting the right provider. In most states, office-based procedures conducted by physicians, dentists or podiatrists are not subject to the same regulatory standards as inpatient procedures, even if the scope or complexity is the same.
What Should I Look for In Selecting an Office-Based Surgery Provider?
Led by California, a handful of states, including Georgia, Florida, New Jersey and Texas have established mandatory accreditation requirements to ensure the same safeguards for outpatient as well as inpatient surgical facilities. New York is currently in the process of establishing similar requirements. To ensure the highest quality and safety, ask your doctor for accreditation information or contact any of the following accreditation agencies to confirm that your doctor has met all requirements:
Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care
9933 Lawler Avenue
Skokie, IL 60077
American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc.
1202 Allanson Road
Mundelein, IL 60060
What If My State Does Not Regulate Office-Based Surgical Procedures?
The American Medical Association and numerous State agencies have established suggested guidelines to consider when selecting an office-based surgery provider:
- Whether General or Local Anesthesia is to be used
- Level of Disclosure and Consent
- Provision of Information about the Procedure
- Advanced Accreditation in Resuscitative Techniques
- Level of Education and Training
Even in states that do not have specific regulations for office-based surgical procedures, the practitioner must individually be licensed to perform the procedures and practice the profession. Evaluating the practitioner's individual qualifications and accreditation can provide useful references in the absence of formal, legislated evaluation criteria.
What If I Have Been Injured as a Result of an Office-Based Procedure?
Whether your state has established regulatory standards for office-based procedures or not, ultimately, any medical service provider is responsible for providing care in accordance with accepted standards of practice in a manner that ensures the patient's safety. Failure to meet these standards can be considered negligence and grounds for medical malpractice.
Winning a Medical Malpractice Case
Medical malpractice claims are very difficult to pursue. Most medical malpractice cases are very expensive because they involve numerous expert medical witnesses and complicated facts. Doctors are usually unwilling to admit any errors, and have the resources to contest any lawsuit. Many clients hire lawyers to help them pay the initial costs and provide the expertise to win a medical malpractice case.
Do You Need an Attorney Experienced with Medical Malpractice?
If you, or a loved one, have been injured by medical malpractice during an office-based surgery procedure, you should speak to an attorney immediately to learn more about the value of your case and what types of recoveries are available to you.
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Last Modified: 01-23-2013 02:28 PM PST
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