If doctors are to heal us, they must have our trust. Many patients prefer doctors who have been with them for years because they have put in the time and effort to earn this trust, perhaps by comforting them in some of life’s most trying moments.
Mistakes can be made by interns as well as by seasoned doctors and are always possible. Practicing doctors in Illinois and elsewhere in the United States must meet minimum standards for professionalism. In addition, they must also carry significant malpractice insurance to protect their practice in the case of a medical or surgical error.
Some doctors with spotty histories try to start over somewhere else across state lines. A physician formerly based in Illinois was sued for medical malpractice at least 13 times in a 15-year career before moving to Missouri and taking a job in hospice medicine. His history of sanctions by the Illinois medical licensing board did not make the trip to Kansas City, where his license is considered in good standing.
At least 500 other doctors have dodged poor professional records by crossing state lines, some of whom came to Illinois from other locations. When choosing a new physician, it is always important to look at comparative records and account for as much of the doctor’s career as possible.
If a patient or their survivors feel the need to sue a doctor for medical malpractice or a surgical error, an attorney can help prepare a civil lawsuit for financial damages. Compensation for extra medical expenses as well as pain and suffering may help a family get past an unpleasant episode.