When it comes to deciding on a doctor, one of the first things you should
look at is their history of medical malpractice. Unfortunately, finding
this information isn’t as easy as it should be, especially when
a doctor has changed the state in which they practice. If you’re
in the market for a new doctor, take these steps find out about their past:
Select a few doctors to research. Keep a few names on your list to keep your options open.
Check with the state medical board for information on a doctor’s
licensing troubles. Search for the doctor by name and location, as many doctors share the
same name. Here you will find any medical malpractice history. If you
find that a doctor’s license has been suspended, you can stop the
search. If you find some iffy information, but you’re not quite
sure what to make of it, continue your search.
Use the information you find to conduct an online search. Enter the doctor’s name, location and information you find on the
state medical board into Google (or Bing). You can also add identifiers
such as “malpractice,” “lawsuit,” “sue”
or “problem” to dig deeper. You might be able to find a history
of medical malpractice, as well as other newsworthy information.
If the doctor has practiced in other states, take that into account. A doctor can accumulate a malpractice track record in one state, move to
another, get licensed and begin again with a clean slate. Malpractice
in one state will not show up on the new state licensing record. Use the
different states they practiced in as an identifier in the search engine
(ex. Dr. Larry King California malpractice).
Ignore information on the doctor’s personal website. Your doctor search will inevitably pull up the doctor’s personal
website, but you should take the information on there with a grain of
salt. It could be fabricated or misleading, especially if they’re
trying to hide a history of medical malpractice.
Take the time to thoroughly check on a doctor’s malpractice and disciplinary
records. An informed decision may lessen the chances of medical malpractice
If you or someone you know was harmed as a result of negligence, our experienced
Orlando medical malpractice lawyers at The Maher Law Firm can provide the compassionate and aggressive legal
guidance you need. We handle cases that involve nursing home abuse, birth
injuries, misdiagnosis, surgical errors, as well as assisted living and
home health care abuse and neglect.
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