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How to Find out if a Doctor Has a History of Medical Malpractice

Patients often select doctors based on recommendations from family and friends. Before choosing your doctor, health care provider, or surgeon, you want to ensure that they do not have any record of discipline by their medical board for unsafe behavior. You will need to do some research to ensure they do not have a history of medical malpractice suits filed against them. A medical malpractice suit may be legally filed against a medical professional who has caused an injury or death due to insufficient levels of care. If a doctor has been sued, there will be a public record of it.

How To Do a Background Search on A Doctor

Acclaimed author and American advocate of patient empowerment and patient advocacy, Trisha Torrey suggests in her Very Well Health Article

  1. Go to the Federation of State Medical Board’s Physician Data Center to check the healthcare provider’s basic information. This includes education and board certifications, which are additional exams that some doctors take to prove their specialty knowledge. Other information may consist of what states an active license is maintained and any actions against the healthcare provider.
  2. Check the state’s medical licensing board for your condition and anywhere the healthcare provider has practiced using the American Medical Association Doctor Finder. If you find a healthcare provider’s license has been suspended, that generally means that there has been an actionable offense.
  3. Do an online search. Place quotation marks around the healthcare provider’s name and follow this with keywords like “malpractice,” “lawsuit,” “sanction,” “complaint,” or “suspension.” Start by using only one keyword at a time. You can use more as you widen your search.

Selecting your Doctor

Once you find a provider, you need to do your due diligence and do a background check for a history of medical malpractice and cross-reference any information you find. Numerous organizations use patient reviews and other data to rate the quality of physicians. One of these is the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). These resources can be helpful since you can read about actual patients’ first-hand experiences. Your insurance company may also maintain a rating and review system for network doctors.

We Are Here To Help

It is worth the time it takes to research a doctor’s professional history. You can avoid a doctor with a history of medical malpractice with diligent research.  If you or a loved one feels they have suffered from a medical error or negligence, contact experienced attorneys to represent you. At Edelman, Krasin, & Jaye, PLLC, we offer more than 60 years of combined experience. We have convenient office locations in Long Island, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, and we know how to approach these cases to get the results you need. Our firm is committed to bringing the compensation you deserve. Contact our New York offices by phone at 800-469-7429 to schedule an appointment. You can also contact us using our online contact form and on our Live Chat application on our website to have your questions answered at any time.