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Can a Hospital’s Rating Predict the Likelihood of Medical Malpractice?

When you enter a hospital as a patient, you trust that everything will go well. The last thing you want to think about is a mistake that could cause serious injury to the point where you need New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers to file a medical malpractice suit. If you’d checked the hospital rating before you became a patient, would you have thought twice about choosing the hospital? Can a hospital’s rating reflect the likelihood of an occurrence of malpractice?

No one should have to accept mistakes. Medical mistakes cause additional pain and suffering and, in the most serious cases, lives. For that reason, many people rely on a hospital’s rating when choosing where to seek care. Unfortunately, ratings agencies use different measures by which they rate a hospital depending on the agency’s criteria. Leapfrog Group, Healthgrades, Joint Commission, U.S. News and World Report and Consumer Reports each use a different system for their review, which simply creates greater confusion as to what a facility’s grade actually is. The simple truth for many patients is that their choice of hospitals is limited by their insurance company and the proximity of the hospital to their home, and if the hospital has a poorer rating, it could increase the risk for medical errors.

Every patient should be able to expect competent care without mistakes, no matter what the rating of the hospital may be. If patients do become victims of medical malpractice, they need an experienced New Jersey medical malpractice attorney.

The Brown, Novick & Colarulo has extensive experience in medical malpractice cases and offers free consultations.