Will My Doctor Lose Their Medical License if I Make an Iowa Medical Malpractice Claim?

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Posted by Farl Greene

If you have been the victim of medical malpractice in Iowa, you want justice for your injury.  You may have been permanently injured or had a loved one killed by a medical mistake.  Taking away the doctor’s license to practice medicine may feel like the only way to get justice in this situation.

An Iowa Medical Malpractice Attorney Can’t Revoke a Doctor’s Medical License

Unfortunately, a medical malpractice attorney can’t get a doctor’s medical license revoked.  No lawyer has the authority to do that.  Only the Iowa Board of Medicine can suspend or revoke licenses.

The facts of your medical malpractice case may be presented during an investigation by the licensing board, but personal injury lawsuits and doctor’s license status are two completely separate things.

How Can a Medical Malpractice Lawyer Help Me?

Lawyers may not have the authority to revoke medical licenses, but that doesn’t mean they can’t help you.  What a medical malpractice attorney can do in this situation is file a medical malpractice lawsuit on your behalf.

Personal injury lawsuits are the best way to get victims compensation after someone has caused them harm.  Neither you nor your attorney can control whether or not the doctor is punished by the licensing board.  What you are able to do is get compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, loss of function, and pain and suffering.

Even if your case goes to trial, neither the judge nor the jury will be able to take away the doctor’s license.  They can, however, award you compensation for the harm that doctor has done to you.  While this will not change what happened, it does help you pay the bills accumulated as a result of the malpractice.  And it will send a message to that medical provider.

Malpractice Insurance Will Pay Your Medical Malpractice Settlement

The vast majority of doctors carry malpractice insurance.  They do this to protect them from having to pay out of pocket if they lose a medical malpractice lawsuit.  If you settle your case or are awarded a verdict, an insurance company will pay the settlement or verdict amount.  It’s similar to how car insurance works – if you are in an accident, your insurance company will pay any damages to the person you’ve injured.

This means that it’s unlikely that the doctor who injured you will have to pay money out of his or her own pocket, unless they did not purchase malpractice insurance at all, or carry too little insurance.

As you can see, a doctor will not lose their license if you file a medical malpractice lawsuit against them.  If you were a victim of medical malpractice, call RSH Legal today at 1-319-774-1542 and speak with one of our experienced attorneys.

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