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How can I find out if my doctor has been sued for medical malpractice?

When you read about a doctor who’s been sued repeatedly for malpractice, you may be concerned about your own primary care physician, surgeon, oncologist, or neurologist. Unfortunately, most negligence lawsuits settle confidentially, so you may not readily find information by searching public records. So how can you find out if your doctor has been sued or disciplined?

“To uncover disciplinary information about your doctor, your best bet is to contact your state’s medical board,” says ABC News. “What is made available to the public varies from state to state, but, says [Susan Pisano of the American Association of Health Plans], there is a growing emphasis across the country on the rights of individual patients.”

In Ohio, visit, select the darker blue “credential and research” box, and proceed from there. Licensee profile and status, for instance, allows you to research by:

  • profession
  • business name;
  • license number;
  • first and last name;
  • city, state, zip code, and county; and/or
  • specialty.

You may also be interested in monthly formal actions, which date back to January 2010 (at the time of this writing) and appear as a PDF alphabetized by the last name.

Although the site won’t display pending claims or lawsuits, if significant malfeasance has been discovered related to the physician’s conduct, a license search will show that action has been taken against him or her.

If you believe you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice in Cleveland, attorney Chris Mellino welcomes you to request his free, easy-to-read guide to file a claim. You may also contact our Cleveland office for a free consultation.

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