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Will a Doctor Lose His/Her License Because of a Florida Medical Malpractice Claim?

Posted by Guy DiMartino | Feb 01, 2013 | 0 Comments

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.

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Guy DiMartino

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 lifes passion is helping the seriously injured receive complete compensation for their injuries. I am a ...

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