Online ratings and reviews can be invaluable tools for consumers searching for anything from a good place for dinner to hiring a personal contractor for home renovations. However, just how accurately do some of those ratings reflect real life? Some California doctors might receive glowing reviews on the Internet, but upon closer inspection at real life outcomes, instances of medical malpractice can be startlingly high.
A surgeon who once performed procedures at an out-of-state hospital had his privileges to practice there revoked following a myriad of medical malpractice lawsuits from injured patients. However, records indicate that his privileges remain in good standing, even though he verbally told one of his patients that he could no longer perform surgeries at the hospital in question. Despite the false state records and positive reviews, he once held spot number five on the list of physicians with the highest complication rate for a particular surgery in his state.