Georgia physicians must disclose whether they have medical malpractice insurance, according to a new malpractice law signed by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. Doctors will now have to inform the Georgia Composite Medical Board whether they are insured, and this information will be publicly available on their website. Additionally, doctors will be required to divulge whether they are covered by insurance if a patient requests this information.
While most Georgia physicians have a medical malpractice insurance policy, some may decide not to pay for coverage because it is too expensive or because they are restricted for some reason. An uninsured physician may be dangerous to a patient on multiple levels. Doctors without insurance may have an unsafe history of malpractice and in the event of a successful medical negligence lawsuit would have to pay the patient out of personal assets, which may not sufficient enough to cover the whole amount. Transparency and accountability in the medical field is extremely important, and this law is an important step towards ensuring that patients are adequately compensated for Atlanta medical malpractice lawsuits.
One can only hope that every state will follow Georgia’s lead and enact similar legislation. This will help ensure that patients are cared for by doctors with a clean history and that are sufficiently compensated in the event of a medical malpractice lawsuit. If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, contact an Atlanta medical malpractice lawyer to evaluate whether you are entitled to compensation for your loss and suffering. Contact us today for a free, no-risk case evaluation form.