Florida medical malpractice lawyer, Guy S. DiMartino, DC, JD explains why a doctor will not lose his or her license for a single medical malpractice claim.
Often people who have been injured, either because of medical malpractice or even a car accident, want the wrongdoer to lose their license. In response to these questions, I have to explain that the civil justice system has nothing to do with a license holder. The civil justice system imposes justice by money damages.
A doctor's license in the state of Florida is governed by the respective board. For instance, a medical doctor's conduct governed board of medicine . A chiropractic physician's conduct is governed by the board of chiropractic medicine and a nurse's conduct is governed by the board of nursing .
Generally, licensing boards do not get involved with a medical malpractice case unless the healthcare provider has had an unreasonably high number of medical malpractice claims or if the doctor did something during the care and treatment of a patient that would warrant disciplinary conduct. For instance, a doctor can be disciplined for multiple malpractice cases or wrong site surgery.
If a patient believes they have been wronged by a healthcare provider and would like the board to look into the matter, they can always file a complaint with the State of Florida. Even if the doctor loses their license, the odds are you will not be able to give this information to a jury. The same is true in an automobile accident case. A jury will not learn if a driver involved in a car crash is unlicensed.
So the short answer to the question is that generally a doctor will not lose his/her license if a medical malpractice claim is filed or even if a jury findings the doctor guilty of malpractice.
If you have any questions about a potential Florida medical malpractice claim, you can always give me a call at (352) 267-9168 or fill out the internet consultation form on the right.