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Florida Board of Medicine is slow processing complaints against doctors

Posted by Guy DiMartino | Nov 06, 2013 | 0 Comments

Florida Medical Malpractice lawyer discusses recent article describing that Florida's administrative process against physicians take over a year to resolve.

The Stuart News published a recent article explaining that medical board complaints took an average of 434 days to resolve between 2010 and 2012. The article contrasted Florida's time frame to Texas which took an average of 282 days and California which averaged 264 days.

According to the article, one of the main reasons for the delay is budget cutbacks.  Others say that the lawyers who prosecute these cases are not paid very much so turnover at the Department is high.

The delay can lead to potential dangerous consequences

Many physicians are licensed in multiple states. The article highlighted a cardiologist who was licensed in Texas and in Florida.  This doctor's license was suspended in Texas because of some mental illness but he still holds a valid Florida license. Part of the issue is that the physician is supposed to report any adverse actions within 30 days to the Florida medical board but many physicians do not, and it could take a long time for the state medical board to catch up or learn of the discipline in another state.

Will a jury learn in a medical malpractice case that the doctor was disciplined?

Generally, a jury will not learn in a medical malpractice action that the defendant doctor was sanctioned or has licensing issues, even if the discipline came from the same set of facts as the medical malpractice action.

Florida medical malpractice law can be complex at times, if you have any questions about a Stuart – Port St. Lucie medical malpractice claim, you can give me a call or shoot me an email.

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I have loved helping people in need for almost three decades.  It has been my privilege to serve people as their pastor, chiropractor, and lawyer.  The current focus of my legal practice and life’s passion is helping the seriously injured receive complete compensation for their injuries. I am a Florida Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney. What that really means is that I am no stranger to the courtroom.  I have successfully tried and handled serious cases in state and federal courts.  My backgrounds in both law and chiropractic medicine have given me a unique perspective, extensive knowledge, and wide experience to serve those I represent. For years as a chiropractic physician, I treated my patients to alleviate their pain and suffering. Now as their lawyer, I fight to bring them financial compensation for their pain and suffering. During my years of service, I have handled many traumatic injury cases ranging from the traumatic amputation of a limb to brain and spinal cord injury.  I consider it an honor to serve you and your family. When a person entrusts me and I accept to represent them, I don’t take that relationship and responsibility lightly. My approach is that we work as a team. We are partners and our goal is the best outcome for you and your family with the highest level of communication throughout. I am always available by phone or email to discuss my potential representation of your injury case. I handle cases throughout Florida. Education: National University of Health Sciences – BS (1984), DC (1986) Valparaiso University School of Law – JD, summa cum laude (1999) Bar Admissions: Florida (2000), Indiana (1999), Illinois (2000, expired); US District Courts of Appeals (11th Circuit, 7th Circuit); United States District Courts: Southern and Middle Districts of Florida; Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana; Northern and Central Districts of Illinois; and District of Colorado. Certification:  Civil Trial, Florida Bar Guy DiMartino on Google+ – Circle Guy on Google+ Guy DiMartino on Google+


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