Medical Malpractice: How to Screen Your Doctor

Medical malpractice causes thousands of preventable illnesses, injuries, and deaths every year. As a patient, you have an interest in finding a physician with no record of medical malpractice, particularly before undergoing surgery or other dangerous procedures. Unfortunately, medical malpractice settlements are not readily available to the public in most states, and may even be given special privacy protections by state law.

The Internet provides patients with useful research tools, such as online doctor reviews. Keep in mind however that these often involve little screening to insure that they are posted by actual patients and that the statements made are truthful. Some review sites are more trustworthy than others, for example, Yelp uses an algorithm to determine which reviews are most likely to be illegitimate and hides those from view. Angie’s List has a good reputation for honest reviews, but requires a paid membership. Any consumer review site, no matter how unbiased, cannot tell you if a physician has a record of successful medical malpractice claims.

State licensing websites are another useful tool for patients looking to screen their physicians. All states require that doctors be licensed, and state licensing offices keep records of any disciplinary actions against licensed doctors. Typically, this information is considered public and is available to search online. Although not every medical malpractice settlement will result in disciplinary action against a physician, some of the most egregious offenses do.

In Washington State, medical malpractice records are not publicly available online, however patients can search licensing records through the Washington State Department of Health. If you have suffered due to the medical negligence of a Washington State physician or health care provider, call experienced Seattle medical malpractice attorney Rob Kornfeld today, at 1-(800) 282-4878, or email Rob at Rob@Kornfeldlaw.com

Search medical licensing records for doctors in your state:

Alabama

Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners Physician Licensee Search

Alaska

Alaska Professional License Search.

Arizona

Arizona Medical Board: Licensee Search

Arkansas

Arkansas State Medical Board: License Actions

California

The Medical Board of California: Physician License Lookup
Unlike many other states, medical malpractice actions of over $30,000 are public information in the state of California. Search the database for your physician to see if he or she has any record of successful medical malpractice claims.

Colorado

Colorado Professional License Search
Choose “medical” as the license type to search for a physician.

Connecticut

Connecticut eLicensing Website

Delaware

Delaware Division of Professional Regulation: Search for a Physician’s License

Florida

Florida Department of Health Practitioner Profile Information
Florida Office of Insurance Regulation
Florida shares medical malpractice claim information through the Office of Insurance Regulation.

Georgia

Georgia Composite Medical Board: Look Up a Licensed Provider

Hawaii

Hawaii Licensee Complaints History Search
Hawaii provides a searchable database of complaints regarding professional licensees.

Idaho

Idaho Board of Medicine: Public Record Information
The State of Idaho provides detailed information about disciplinary actions.

Illinois

Illinois Division of Professional Regulation: License Look Up

Indiana

Indiana Online Licensing Search

Iowa

Iowa Board of Medicine: Find a Physician

Kansas

Kansas Board of Healing Arts: License Search

Kentucky

Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure: Physician Search

Louisiana

Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners: Licensure Verifications

Maine

Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine

Maryland

Maryland Board of Physicians Practitioner Profile System

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine: Online Physician Profile Search

Michigan

Michigan Department of Community Health: Verify a License

Minnesota

Minnesota Board of Medical Practice: Physician Professional Profile Search

Mississippi

Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure: Physician Search

Missouri

Missouri Division of Professional Registration: Licensee Search

Montana

Montana Licensee Lookup System

Nebraska

Nebraska License Information System Search

Nevada

Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners: Search for a License

New Hampshire

New Hampshire State Board of Medicine

New Jersey

New Jersey Health Care Profile

New Mexico

New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department

New York

New York State Office of the Professions: Verification Search

North Carolina

North Carolina Medical Board: Look Up a Licensee

North Dakota

North Dakota State Board of Medical Examiners
Call the North Dakota Insurance Department for information about medical malpractice claims, provided to the public upon request, at 701-328-2440.

Ohio

Ohio License Center

Oklahoma

Oklahoma State Board of Osteopathic Examiner

Oregon

Oregon Medical Board

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Department of Health: Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline

South Carolina

South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners
(Click on “licensee lookup)

South Dakota

South Dakota Board of Medical & Osteopathic Examiners

Tennessee

Tennessee Department of Health: Disciplinary Actions
Tennessee Department of Health: License Verification Search

Texas

Texas Medical Board

Utah

Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing: Physician and Surgeon

Vermont

Vermont Department of Health

Virginia

Virginia Board of Medicine: Practitioner Information

Washington

Washington State Department of Health Provider Credential Search

West Virginia

West Virginia Board of Medicine

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing

Wyoming

State of Wyoming: Board of Medicine

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