USA Today published in August the results of an investigation which showed that thousands of medical doctors continue to practice despite the fact they committed errors or used misjudgment treating patients. While this problem is national and thus not confined to Arkansas it does raise many issues about what happens if the one of those doctors who have already been alleged to have mistreated a patient commit additional medical malpractice.
The reasons for this situation where doctors continue to treat patients after they have made mistakes generally has to do with the laborious process most state medical boards have to follow when disciplining cited physicians. The disciplinary systems try to afford these doctors ample due process but, as a result, those cases can be pending while the doctors still see patients and maintain practicing privileges at local hospitals.
One of the hallmarks of most states’ disciplinary procedures is the onus on the state’s medical boards to maintain confidentiality of the nature of any allegations until a decision is made. What this means is that it may be difficult to find out if a doctor is subject to an investigation and, if so, what the reasons are for the disciplinary action.
For those Arkansas citizens who find themselves in a situation where they believe their doctor committed medical malpractice and they were harmed as a result of it, it can be too late if they only then learn the doctor had committed previous malpractice. If you believe that your doctor did treat you in error, you need to talk to attorneys here in Arkansas who can not only take you through the process of figuring out if the doctor did commit provable medical malpractice but also take the procedural steps, particularly during litigation, to determine if the doctor has faced or is facing disciplinary sanction for previous errors or mistreatment.
At the law firm of Nolan, Caddell and Reynolds, our attorneys have substantial experience representing those victims of medical malpractice. We endeavor to uncover any evidence of past misconduct as the court may be willing to consider such proof in any case against that doctor. Call Nolan, Caddell and Reynolds at 479-782-5297 or toll free at 1-800-709-5297. You can also find us online at www.nolancaddellreynolds.com.