Alabama doesn’t have a reputation for being “patient-friendly” when it comes to medical malpractice claims. In fact, just the opposite is true: Between 2004 and 2014, records indicate that Alabama ranks last in the nation when it comes to paying claims for medical malpractice. Roughly 90% of claims are unsuccessful.
That may have a lot to do with the fact that Alabama law doesn’t allow any evidence in a malpractice claim about past incidents involving the same physician. Evidence has to focus entirely around the medical provider’s conduct in the case at hand, which means that a doctor’s wrongful action is more likely to be seen as an outlier, rather than part of a pattern of neglect or poor patient care.
That makes it particularly important to try to research a physician’s record before you accept treatment from them. Again, however, Alabama doesn’t make it easy. Generally, the state doesn’t make a doctor’s disciplinary record public.
So, what can you do to protect yourself? Try these tips:
Despite your best efforts, you may still end up the victim of medical malpractice. If that happens, take immediate steps to protect your interests. An experienced attorney can guide you through the process.