Suffering an injury because of a doctor’s negligence is never easy to endure. As such, you have legal rights to proceed with a medical malpractice case to obtain compensation. However, it’s vital to understand the purpose of a medical malpractice claim and what the aftermath looks like for patients and doctors alike.
You may wonder if the doctor is still allowed to practice after they have been found at fault for harm in a medical malpractice case. Below, we will provide all of the information you need to know about the aftermath.
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The Doctor’s Ability to Practice
No matter the result of the medical malpractice case, it should have no bearing on whether the doctor can continue to practice medicine. The doctor may be considered liable for negligence in a civil lawsuit, but this case doesn’t result in the revocation of the doctor’s license.
Doctors are human. They make mistakes, and in filing a medical malpractice lawsuit, it’s crucial to recognize the purpose. The focus is not on the doctor’s ability to practice. It’s to recover compensation for your injuries and encourage the doctor (or even the hospital) to improve to avoid further incidents of negligence.
Keep in mind: the situation in which the medical malpractice case occurred can play a role in the potential license revocation. These two factors can impact that:
- If the doctor acted with malice or their actions go beyond ordinary allegations of neglect.
- If the doctor is determined to be a threat to society and is a risk to future patients.
In these situations, the doctor may lose their license, and the evidence in the medical malpractice case may aid in that decision. A doctor is determined to be a threat to society when they cause intentional harm to a patient. This means they knowingly did something to cause their patient harm, or at least attempted to do something to cause harm.
How Patients Should Proceed
Many patients may be completely unaware of a doctor’s prior history and if they have faced medical malpractice claims in the past. However, if it is something that concerns you, doing your research is of the utmost importance. In any case, you should be sure to ask as many questions as possible.
Here are some ways you can check on a doctor’s background:
- Check the state medical board’s website to understand a doctor’s board certification and if they have any actions against them.
- If the doctor has a suspended license, it often means there was an actionable offense.
- Do your own online searches. Search the doctor’s name, along with other terms such as lawsuit or complaint. The more you search, the better.
If you are the victim of medical malpractice, know that you can take legal action. Just remember, the purpose of the case is to recover compensation for damages you may sustain. You can recover compensation for future treatments, physical pain, emotional trauma, and more. Working with a lawyer throughout the process can help you maximize your compensation and protect your rights.
At Crowe & Harris, LLP, we work on your behalf. We care about getting you the results you deserve when you need them the most. Our team is here whenever you need us because we want to hold negligence accountable and help you move forward.
Our Boston medical malpractice lawyers have significant experience representing clients against negligence. We want to give you peace of mind so that you can focus on your physical and emotional recovery. We’ll handle your legal battles.