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Can a Doctor Lose his License when Sued for Negligence

You have suffered significant injuries because of the carelessness of a doctor, and you have brought a medical malpractice lawsuit against him. You know that the doctor has violated the basic standards of care, which has resulted in long time injury or even disability.

You are frustrated and the question you have is will the doctor lose his license, since you have filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against him. Will the lawsuit stop the doctor from practicing medicine for the end of days in the state of New York?

A Medical Malpractice Lawsuit does not Revoke a Doctor's License

The answer is no. Bringing a lawsuit against a doctor, does not stop him or prevent him from practicing medicine. Then what does the lawsuit actually do? A lawsuit is designed to extract compensation for you from the doctor, system, insurance company, and/or the hospital, for the harms, injuries, and losses you have suffered, as a result of the doctor's carelessness or negligence.

Some people think that by filling out the paperwork for a lawsuit, it will take away the doctor's license to practice medicine. They think that if the doctor's license is taken away, he will be unable to harm anyone else in the future.

However, you need to remember that when you file a medical malpractice lawsuit, it is an allegation, and it is your claim that the doctor or nurse has violated the basic standards of medical care. Now, the doctor has the ability to defend himself, and hire an attorney and fight back against your claim.

If the doctor is successful in doing this, then it shows that you have not been able to prove your case. If on the other hand, the doctor is unsuccessful and you have been able to prove your case, then it would mean that you will be able to obtain compensation for the pain, suffering, and injuries you have suffered, because of the doctor's carelessness, pitiful work, or serious error in judgment.

When can a Doctor Lose his License?

A doctor can lose his license only when he is deemed an immediate threat to the society. This means that the doctor has intentionally tried to harm you. If you are able to prove in court that your injuries were not caused by the doctor's negligence or carelessness, but the doctor was intentionally trying to harm you, then the doctor in all likelihood will lose his license to practice medicine. Secondly, the doctor could also lose his license, if he is found to be highly reckless, and such recklessness is considered to be beyond ordinary negligence.

A Rarity

However, 99.9% of the time when a patient claims that the doctor has done something wrong, and a medical lawsuit is filed, the doctor is not going to lose his license to practice medicine. In almost all cases, the carelessness of the doctor is found to be ordinary negligence.

On losing such a case the doctor will only have to pay, the compensation awarded by the jury, but will not have to part with his license. Only in certain cases where the doctor has been highly reckless or has intentionally caused injury, then he could lose his license.

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