When the coronavirus pandemic begins to recede, maybe we will begin to direct our attention toward some of the less-discussed side effects of the pandemic. While some side effects have found a comfortable place on the front pages of newspapers–side effects such as the falling test scores of our children, or the rising number of young adults moving to the suburb, or whether work from home is here to stay–other side effects have garnered barely a peep. One such side effect, which should worry us all, is that, as hospitals filled with COVID-19 patients, the will of state medical boards to discipline doctors seemed to go lifeless.
Barely a mention has been made about the fact that, as noted in an insightful USA Today article, emergency actions against doctors’ licenses dropped 59%, from April through June this year compared with the same period last year. Driving the overall drop were declines between 50% and 100% in six states: New York, Indiana, Texas, Michigan, Kentucky, and our state of Maryland.
Emergency actions against doctors’ licenses matter. They protect us from bad doctors, the doctors more inclined to commit an act of malpractice that causes a serious loss–the loss of an organ, a limb, a life.
Hopefully, neither you nor your loved ones ever suffer a serious loss due to negligent medical care. However, if you do, you should know that you have the legal right to seek compensation, through a lawsuit. You may have questions about your legal options. If you have not yet started a lawsuit and are contemplating bringing one, I encourage you to contact me today. I can answer your legal questions and would love to talk with you. You can reach me at 410-513-9978 or by email at email@example.com.