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How to find out if a doctor has a history of medical malpractice

When choosing a new healthcare provider, be it an eye doctor, dentist, or surgical specialist, it’s wise to do your homework on them before you make your choice. Some doctors are more skilled than others, and some have a history of complaints or even medical malpractice suits filed against them. The healthcare system can be an overwhelming field to navigate, so this article will give you some tips on how to research your next physician. 

DocInfo is a good place to start. This easy-to-use database allows you to search for doctors across the nation by name and view their profiles. Their profiles contain useful information such as where the physician holds their medical license, when and where they graduated medical school, and whether there were any actions taken against them by the state medical boards. The database information is updated monthly, so if a doctor had been disciplined within the past 30 days, it will not show up here. DocInfo also provides a resource page on how to file a complaint against a doctor. 

The New York State Department of Health’s website offers a tool that allows you to search for a board action regarding a physician or physician’s assistant. This page on their website shows every New York physician who was disciplined by the board and either had their license suspended or revoked. Clicking on the physician’s last name shows more details about the nature of the misconduct, when the misconduct took place, and the address of the physician’s practice. 

Additionally, if you are deciding at which hospital you would prefer to receive treatment, the New York State Department of Health makes it easy to compare different hospital profiles in your area. To find information about citations and complaints, click on the Inspections tab of the profile. This will show how many complaints were received at that hospital per 10,000 patient days and compare it to the state average. It will also describe any citations the hospital received during state inspections. 

Contact a New York medical malpractice lawyer

The New York medical malpractice attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP are ready to help you if you’ve been the victim of medical negligence on the part of a doctor, surgeon, nurse, pharmacist, or another healthcare professional. Call a knowledgeable member of our team at (212) 779-0057 or chat with us online to schedule your free consultation today.


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