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Do doctors pay for their mistakes?

If you have ever suffered undue injury at the hands of medical professionals who you trusted to cure or treat your symptoms, you may wonder how to hold them accountable and if they will ever truly pay for their mistakes. The truth is, it isn't likely. Despite numerous lawsuit victories against doctors regarding medical malpractice claims, a comparably small percentage have received any board sanctions regarding the obvious occurrences of malpractice.

In a report released by Consumer Reports, just more than a tenth of the largest contributors to medical malpractice payout amounts have actually received any kind of sanctioning by the licensing board. Which raises the question; is anyone really protecting the general public from the doctors making the most frequent or the most costly mistakes? From a licensing standpoint, that does not appear to be the case. Which is why, if you suffer at the hands of a doctor or medical team, you may be wise to pursue damages, as that may be the best way to hold the medical profession responsible.

Some injuries caused by a doctor are so obvious you don't need a second opinion. In situations like that, you may want to reach out to a medical malpractice attorney immediately. If the suffering is less obvious but you know something is wrong, you may want to discuss your concerns with your doctor first and see if you can pinpoint the issue and rectify it without excessive suffering on your part. If that does not yield the results you deserve, gather your medical records and get a second opinion. At this point, it may be time to reach out to a Maryland malpractice attorney.

While not every doctor pays for their negligence or recklessness with sanctioning by the licensing board, it is possible to hold them accountable financially. It should never fall on you to shoulder the burden of medical costs to repair doctor error that you would not have suffered had you never sought their care.

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