You have been visiting the same doctor for years and have recently found out they were sued. Should you be worried? The answer to that question is not as clear-cut as you may think. In some cases, yes, you have a right to be concerned. In other cases, no. Here is how to know when it may be time to look for another doctor.
A Pattern Of Payouts
One malpractice case does not indicate that your physician is a bad one. It doesn’t necessarily mean that the doctor was guilty of any negligence. If an insurance company paid out, it may have been simply because it was cheaper than going to trial. If your doctor was sued, they could have been sued as part of a group of people. One lawsuit does not mean you need to head for the hills.
If, on the other hand, your doctor has a pattern of medical malpractice cases, you may need to start looking elsewhere. Once a doctor has three cases against them, experts suggest that this establishes a pattern that should have patients questioning a continued relationship.
How You Can Find Out
It can be difficult to find out if your doctor has medical malpractice cases pending or has been involved in litigation in the past if you don’t know where to look. What you will need to do is visit your state’s medical board online and look up your doctor by name. You can expect the site to be somewhat difficult to navigate, but with enough patience you will find the information you are looking for.
It’s also important to know that not all doctors who are involved in lawsuits are disciplined by the state board. Without disciplinary action, you will not find evidence of medical malpractice litigation on the board’s site. You can still look your doctor up on any local court’s website.
If you believe that you have been harmed by a doctor, it is important that you speak with an attorney who is experienced in medical malpractice law. Call our office today and speak with a member of our team. We will review your case at no cost to you and advise you of your options. Call now for assistance.