It’s always great when Paralegals are in the news, especially when they are helping make other’s lives better.
With over 20 years of experience as a medical paralegal, Monmouth Junction, NJ paralegal Corine Mogenis saw numerous malpractice cases come through her law firm. She was bothered by the large number cases where what the patient went through could have been prevented had they known they had options.
“We would see this theme over and over, that a lot of the injury-related cases could’ve been avoided if people were aware of their rights,” Mogenis said. “People need to know the importance of getting second opinions, how to get their medical records and what to do if diagnosed with a major illness. Most people are not aware of these things and that there’s an easy way to do it.”
“I think that most people to this day still don’t realize they can participate in their health care as much as they should,” Mogenis said. “Most people just go in and listen to their doctor, who they picked from a list without doing the research to find out about that doctor. What complaints they’ve had against them, what school they went to, what are their specialties, instead of just randomly picking a doctor. Medical care is a team effort, you can’t just sit back and answer yes and no to life or death questions.”
“People need to know what tests to ask for, the pros and cons of surgery, what the alternatives to medications are,” she said. “People would be surprised how welcoming doctors are to these questions. It’s better than walking in, randomly getting information and then walking out the door and blaming the doctor for not helping them more.”
“Our main goal is that if if we can get one person to pay attention and get involved, maybe that can save a life or prevent a misdiagnosis,” Mogenis said. “We want people to think about some of the things they can do to help prevent mistakes so we don’t see them in a law office with a problem we can’t fix.”
“It’s just some things to help with some of the side effects to make the treatment go a bit smoother,” she said.
“Sometimes people take for granted that they need to get involved with their treatment,” Mogenis said. “Not questioning doctors is something that was written in stone from years ago, but times have changed. There are bad doctors just like there are great doctors. People need to make sure they pay attention and do the research to get what’s right for them, otherwise they have to take responsibility for the outcome.”