Medical Malpractice: How to Screen Your Doctor

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.

Researching Doctors

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.

Finding Medical Malpractice Claims

However, 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

Search medical licensing records for doctors in your state


Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners Physician Licensee Search


Alaska Professional License Search.


Arizona Medical Board: Licensee Search


Arkansas State Medical Board: License Actions


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 Professional License Search

Choose “medical” as the license type to search for a physician.


Connecticut eLicensing Website


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


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 Composite Medical Board: Look Up a Licensed Provider


Hawaii Licensee Complaints History Search

Hawaii provides a searchable database of complaints regarding professional licensees.


Idaho Board of Medicine: Public Record Information

The State of Idaho provides detailed information about disciplinary actions.


Illinois Division of Professional Regulation: License Look Up


Indiana Online Licensing Search


Iowa Board of Medicine: Find a Physician


Kansas Board of Healing Arts: License Search


Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure: Physician Search


Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners: Licensure Verifications


Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine


Maryland Board of Physicians Practitioner Profile System


Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine: Online Physician Profile Search


Michigan Department of Community Health: Verify a License


Minnesota Board of Medical Practice: Physician Professional Profile Search


Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure: Physician Search


Missouri Division of Professional Registration: Licensee Search


Montana Licensee Lookup System


Nebraska License Information System Search


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 License Center


Oklahoma State Board of Osteopathic Examiner


Oregon Medical Board


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


Texas Medical Board


Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing: Physician and Surgeon


Vermont Department of Health


Virginia Board of Medicine: Practitioner Information


Washington State Department of Health Provider Credential Search

West Virginia

West Virginia Board of Medicine


Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing


State of Wyoming: Board of Medicine


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