State Medical Boards
To become a medical professional in any state, you must get a license. Along with handling the licensure of doctors, each state’s board of medical licensure deals with any disciplinary actions that doctors may receive. Disciplinary actions can include suspension of the doctor’s license, or, in extreme situations, completely stripping the doctor of his or her license. Many states offer websites where you can access information on medical disciplinary actions for free. If you’re in a state without a free website, you can contact the state licensing board directly.
State Department of Health Services
Your state’s department of health services is another good place to go to find out whether your doctor has had any complaints or punishments.
Some medical malpractice cases go to court. If a case goes to court, there will be a public record of it. Many court records are accessible online. Even if you cannot find the result of the lawsuit, you will most likely be able to see if anyone has filed a claim against your doctor.
It is important that you are careful when you look through court records. Some upset patients will file claims against doctors for unfair or irrelevant reasons that would have no effect on the type of care that the doctor would give you. Courts usually end irrelevant medical malpractice lawsuits early in the process, but there is still a court record of the situation.
Health Insurance Evaluations
Some health insurance companies provide information about the history of the doctors. Potential information could include education, specialty, and work history. You can contact your insurance company to get information about your doctor’s history and see if the insurance company has record of medical malpractice.
Check the Internet
Taking your search online can also be helpful. The website healthgrades.com lists doctors by names and has information pertaining to malpractice claims, sanctions, and board actions on each doctor listed on the site.
Conduct a Thorough Investigation
Doctors and medical facilities can be very skillful when it comes to hiding medical wrongdoings. They may keep it private or make the information extremely difficult to find. If you do not trust your doctor or are skeptical of his or her record, check the aforementioned resources. His or her medical malpractice claim may be difficult to find, and you might need to conduct a thorough investigation to find it.