A plethora of Mississippi residents find comfort in knowing that reliable health care is right around the corner. For some, regular doctor visits and treatment is part of a life routine. Because so many patients rely on sufficient medical advice to lead healthy lives, an ethically sound and honest doctor is an absolute must.
Earlier this month, U.S. News highlighted one local doctor’s current medical malpractice case, in which the doctor — also the head of the Mississippi State Board of Licensure — faces 12 malpractice lawsuits. Dr. Kenneth Cleveland did not face charges on some of the lawsuits, nor did the licensing board find any suspicious actions in his practice. His current specialization at a medical spa has seen positive feedback from patients and colleagues. However, Cleveland has been accused of malpractice, and continues to assert his innocence by pointing to an overall conflict of interest among the state’s medical association.
On the patient side of situations such as Cleveland’s, malpractice allegations can set up the perfect recipe for an unsettled mind. Consumer Reports acknowledges the fear that patients can have when they discover that their doctor has been sued for medical malpractice, pointing out some common red flags to watch out for in doctors. According to CR, some lawsuits can make a case appear at the fault of the physician’s, when the hospital in general was to blame. While some claims can prove insignificant, CR does urge patients to watch out for multiple malpractice payouts. These instances may be rare, but could point toward a long history of problems. To conduct research on physicians, the CR directs patients to their state medical boards; yet even through these agencies, finding lawsuits could be challenging. Although not all doctors receive discipline for malpractice accusations, any instance where a doctor has caused harm may call for legal action.