Doctors who repeatedly commit medical malpractice will have their licenses suspended, right? Not necessarily. Despite numerous medical malpractice violations, some doctors are never reprimanded at all – leaving patients at risk of serious injury or death.
Are State Medical Licensing Boards Ineffective – Or Is It Something Else?
While state medical licensing boards are supposed to take action when a doctor commits medical malpractice, many do not. According to USA Today, thousands of doctors who have been banned by hospitals have not been reprimanded by state medical licensing boards. Is it because these licensing boards are ineffective – or is it something else? Here are a few thoughts:
- Watching Out For Each Other. While no one likes to believe that doctors have a secret fraternity in which they watch each other backs, it may be true in certain situations. According to the USA Today article, nearly 6,000 doctors had hospitals take away their clinical privileges from 2001 to 2011 for misconduct, yet only 3,000 of those doctors ever had their licenses restricted, suspended or revoked by a state medical disciplinary board.
Another 250 doctors were sanctioned by hospitals in that time period for being an “immediate threat to health and safety” and another 900 were cited for “negligence, incompetence, substandard care, or malpractice” – yet state medical boards never reacted.
- Poor Oversight. Even though state medical licensing boards are entrusted with the task of medical licensing, not all of them have the resources in place to provide thorough peer review process evaluations. However, while this may be a reality, it is not an excuse. Doctors who deviate from standards of care must be held accountable for their actions
- No Follow Through. Medical boards often don’t follow through with disciplinary actions, which is likely a residual effect of poor oversight. According to a 2011 study published by the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen, doctors in many states have had their licenses revoked, but continue to practice medicine. In fact, the report also identified several instances where medical malpractice claims were simply ignored – even though some doctors had committed medical malpractice dozens of times. Those doctors are still practicing.
Whatever the answer may be, it’s clear that there are plenty of doctors still practicing who shouldn’t be.
Mann Injury Law Firm: Experienced & Aggressive Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Regardless of how medical malpractice occurs, the bottom line is that when it does, the injuries related to it can be significant, the medical bills will likely pile up and you’ll probably incur a great deal of lost income in the process. Under Georgia law, medical professionals are required to treat patients with “a reasonable degree of care and skill.” This standard applies to a wide range of medical professionals and institutions, such as doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, pharmacists, dentists, chiropractors, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and others. When they don’t meet that standard, they can – and should – be held accountable for their actions.
For over 50 years, the experienced and aggressive medical malpractice attorneys at The Mann Law Firm have been helping the people in the Middle Georgia areas of Macon, Dublin, Warner Robins and Milledgeville obtain compensation for personal injuries or wrongful death involving medical malpractice injuries caused by healthcare professionals, hospitals and medical centers.
At The Mann Law Firm, we understand the impact a serious injury or an unexpected death can have on you and your family – especially when that loss was due to the recklessness or negligence of another. Any resident or family member of a Middle Georgia resident who has been injured deserves to be compensated, and we can help you to determine and obtain the types of compensation you may be entitled to.
Contact The Mann Law Firm and speak to one of our aggressive and experienced medical malpractice attorneys so that you can have the information you need to make an informed decision about whether taking legal action makes sense for you and your family. Call us at 855-878-0276 to schedule a free consultation.