What Happens After a Doctor Is Accused of Medical Malpractice?

by NPHM | August 31st, 2020

There are few experiences in life as traumatic as seeking treatment for an injury or illness, only to end up in worse health than before due to a healthcare professional’s mistake. We place great trust in the medical providers who oversee and administer our care, and to experience preventable side effects, complications, and injuries due to their negligence can be devastating both emotionally and financially.

To make matters worse, medical malpractice often occurs to patients who have longstanding relationships with their doctors and healthcare team. That can make victims reluctant to file a claim.

For example, a patient’s cancer may spread or become inoperable due to a delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis, and the offending party is their primary care physician—a person they’ve had a relationship with for many years. The patient may not pursue compensation or call a lawyer due to a fear of hurting their doctor’s career and livelihood, even though they may be paying out of pocket for their doctor’s mistake.

Medical Malpractice Claims Don’t Always Result in Loss of License

Doctors and other healthcare providers do everything in their power to avoid being sued for medical malpractice. But it’s not an uncommon experience for healthcare providers. In fact, a 2019 Medscape survey found that 80% of doctors ages 60 and up have been sued at least once for medical malpractice.

An accusation of medical malpractice doesn’t spell the end of a provider’s career. Only a small percentage of medical malpractice claims go as far as the courtroom. Most successful claims settle outside of court, and when that happens, doctors rarely lose their licenses. Instead, their insurance or the insurance of their healthcare clinic pays the victim the settlement check they need.

Some Accusations Can Result in Investigations and Disciplinary Measures

It’s easy to understand why many patients, even those who were seriously harmed, may be reluctant to file medical malpractice claims against their doctors. After all, no one wants to cause an undue burden on someone who may have made an honest mistake. But in some cases, doing so can help save other patients from also becoming victims.

When a doctor is accused of medical malpractice, the Ohio medical board may investigate the complaint. This occurs separately from the lawsuit or settlement claim. Even if a doctor is found to have committed medical malpractice, they are unlikely to lose their license based on that one case alone.

However, doctors can be suspended, experience practice limitations, or have their licenses revoked if an investigation reveals:

  • They are a threat to society
  • A pattern of malpractice claims and allegations
  • Extremely negligent and reckless behavior

Get the Compensation You Deserve After a Medical Malpractice Incident

At Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy, our Ohio medical malpractice lawyers know that filing a claim is rarely an easy decision. You may consider your doctor a friend, and you may have built a strong relationship with your healthcare providers over the years, especially if you need frequent medical treatments and care. But if you don’t file a claim, you may be forced to pay big expenses out of pocket, especially if your health insurance doesn’t cover all of your costs.

When we build medical malpractice claims, we don’t focus on “punishing” healthcare providers. The disciplinary process is up to the Ohio medical board. Instead, our focus is on proving malpractice occurred, determining how much money our clients are owed, and doing everything in our power to get them paid.

Contact us today for a free consultation. We’ll handle your claim with the sensitivity and confidentiality it deserves, and you owe us nothing unless we get money for you.