According to The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and the website MedPage, there have been more than 500 cases in which the doctors commit malpractice in one state and then obtain a clean license in another state. One such case came hit the headlines recently when Dr. Jay Riseman, who practiced surgery in Illinois, was sued for committing malpractice 13 times in his 15-year. He then moved to Kansas City and continued his medical career.
Based on the court records, he once failed to remove a catheter while performing a surgery on a 68 year old patient. The patient became infected and eventually died. Even after this incident, he went on to work for three other medical institutions in Kansas City.
Dr. Riseman obtained his hospice and palliative medicine fellowship from The KU School of Medicine in 2010 and became supervised in clinical training while seeing patients at two sites, namely Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care and the University of Kansas Hospital. He also practiced at St. Luke’s Health System and Shawnee Mission Health.
The spokeswoman of St. Luke’s Health System told the media that the doctor was given training into hospice because they had heard about the disciplinary actions taken against him in Illinois. St. Luke’s and Shawnee Mission Health gave him privileges to practice hospice and palliative care only.
While there had been speculations around Riseman, Barbara Bollier, a representative of Mission Health, said that the board did not intend to restrict people from working in fields in which they were officially permitted to work. She also added that board should inform the patients of the physician’s history in an effort toward transparency.
The only public repository that currently exists for such information is the Federation of State Medical Boards’ Docinfo web search, which lists the states where disciplinary actions have been taken against doctors. The reason or type of actions is not available in the database.
Should I Pursue a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
Each case of medical malpractice is different and can be extremely complex. The injuries you experience might not be visible right away. Legal examples of medical malpractice include:
- Your medical professional gives unusual or unsafe advice;
- Your medical professional acts unethically, or fails to perform common professional practices;
- Your medical professional makes multiple careless mistakes that other professionals in their field would not make; or
- Your medical professional makes and suggests “shortcuts” that violate industry laws or company policy.
Contact a Medical Malpractice Lawyer
In Illinois, if you are the victim of medical malpractice, you have up to two years after the incident to file a lawsuit. In most cases, a medical malpractice lawyer will determine what your case is worth and fight for your compensation in court. Getting in touch with a lawyer who is experienced in medical malpractice will strengthen your chances of receiving the compensation that you deserve. Contact the lawyers of Newland & Newland and find out what your case is potentially worth today. We serve clients in the Arlington Heights, Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Libertyville, Mundelein, Buffalo Grove, Schaumburg, Elk Grove, and Itasca areas.
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