The quality of your physician has a direct impact on your health, the outcome of a medical procedure, and more. With that in mind, before hiring a doctor, it’s in your best interest to first know if they’ve had a medical malpractice claim filed against them.
It is important to note that anywhere between 75 and 99% of physicians have faced at least one medical malpractice claim during their career. For that reason, it’s essential to conduct thorough research into claims filed against your potential medical provider and the outcomes of those claims.
The good news is that most medical malpractice information is readily available to consumers. Taking advantage of the malpractice data posted by medical boards, court records, and online could prevent you from needing a medical malpractice lawyer in the future.
Continue reading to learn how to determine if your doctor has a malpractice claim against them and what you should do if they have a record of malpractice.
How Do I Find Out if My Doctor Has Been Sued?
Finding out whether your physician has been sued for malpractice and the outcome of the case has never been easier. However, it will still require some research, time, and patience on your behalf. Generally, some of the most effective methods to learn about a physician’s medical malpractice history includes the following:
The Medical Board Website For Your State
Every state has a medical board that provides information about a doctor’s disciplinary history (i.e., license suspensions, revocations, and other disciplinary measures). Further, most medical boards also provide malpractice information for consumers.
Department of Health Services
The Department of Health Services in your state can help you determine if your hospital of choice has been subjected to specific complaints about medical care.
If your physician has been taken to court for medical malpractice, state court records can help you determine the reasons for the claim and the case’s outcome.
If all else fails, a quick Google search including your doctor’s name and terms like “medical malpractice lawsuit” can help you uncover potential malpractice claims.
Further, don’t be afraid to ask your doctor about their malpractice history. It may be an uncomfortable conversation, but it can help to alleviate concerns and allow your physician the opportunity to give you additional information.
Contact The Best Medical Malpractice Lawyer Today
Since most physicians have at least one medical malpractice claim against them, it can be very difficult to find a doctor with a completely “clean” record. However, conducting your own research before hiring a physician can save you a lot of time, money, and possibly future hardship.
With that in mind, if you’ve suffered significant injuries due to negligence on behalf of your physician, it’s in your best interest to consult with a medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible. Don’t wait until it’s too late to pursue your claim. Contact The Trial Law Offices of Bradley I. Kramer, M.D., ESQ. today for your free initial consultation with a proven medical malpractice attorney.