Q: How many times can a medical professional get a malpractice complaint before losing their license in Florida?
Florida has a "Three Strikes" rule, but to get a "strike," the doctor has to lose a malpractice trial and get a judgment against him. Claims don't count unless they go all the way to trial and the doctor loses. Settlements don't count either. Settlements have to be reported to both the Board of Medicine and the National Practitioner Data Bank, but unless the settlement amount is over $100,000, the public can't find out about it. And information from the National Practitioneer Data Bank is not available to the public, either.
All verdicts against a health care professional must be reported to the Florida Board of Medicine. In my experience, it take a lot of convincing for the Board of Medicine to take any action against a doctor.
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