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How to Report a Doctor for Malpractice in North Carolina


Patients trust their doctors to provide them with the best care possible. Whether you are scheduled for routine surgery or you need help treating a chronic illness, you depend on your doctor to provide the highest standard of care possible. Health care practitioners agree to provide quality care to their patients and the consequences are great when that trust is severed.

 If you have been injured due to a negligent medical professional, you may want to report the doctor or hospital for malpractice. You may even be eligible to file a legal medical malpractice claim. However, initiating a malpractice report or legal claim can be challenging.

Read below for more information on malpractice in North Carolina.

What Are My Legal Rights?

The rights of patients in North Carolina are outlined in the Healthcare Bill of Rights. The document stipulates that all North Carolina residents have the right to receive quality care at all times. You may bring a medical malpractice claim against a healthcare provider or medical facility you believe was negligent or caused an injury. In North Carolina, the law considers anyone licensed to perform medical services to be a health practitioner.

A medical professional can be deemed negligent if they failed to perform an act that any reasonable professional would have done. They can also be found negligent if they performed an act that a reasonable individual would not have performed.

How Can I Report Malpractice with the Medical Board?

You can file a report against a doctor or medical facility by filling out a complaint on the North Carolina Medical Board’s website. You can also download the form and mail it to the Board. There is no statute of limitations when it comes to filing a claim but reporting it as soon as possible after the incident will ensure the Board can obtain accurate information. Below are some tips on filing a report:

  • When writing your complaint statement, be as thorough as possible and include specific details.  You should consult with a medical negligence attorney and seek guidance before initiating a complaint against the medical board.  If you ultimately file suit your complaint could conceivably be evidence so it is important that you be accurate.
  • Be prepared to submit supporting documents including medical records or files.
  • Check your email regularly after submitting the report as all complaints are confirmed via email.

A copy of the report will be provided to the medical professional. They have a right to provide a written response to the Board.

Contact GMFM Law Today

If you experienced an injury due to medical negligence, you may be eligible to file a legal claim.

Contact GMFM Law today to speak with a professional regarding your medical malpractice case by calling (919) 683-2135 or visit gmfm-law.com to send a message. Our attorneys are experienced and dedicated to protecting the rights of North Carolina residents.