Medical malpractice in New Mexico is a serious risk for anyone who needs to undergo a procedure. Even a basic test or exam can be mishandled in a way that leads to significant harm. It is possible to check a doctor in advance and research their malpractice history.
There is no one central database that holds every example of malpractice. However, there are a few key resources to check. The first place to look should always be the Federation of State Medical Boards, an association that governs the medical boards in every state. Their Physician Data Center can provide current license information, background and training, and any past actions against the provider. From there, go to the New Mexico Medical Board. That will contain information about whether or not the practitioner has had their license suspended, a typical outcome of malpractice lawsuits and investigations.
As a last step, do a few simple Google searches for your doctor’s name and key terms like “lawsuit” and “malpractice”. These lawsuits often make it into the news or other repositories of information, which Google will uncover. You can’t be too careful when it comes to medical malpractice because the negative outcomes can be so severe, including permanent disability and death. Knowing if your provider has been involved with malpractice in the past does not guarantee that it will not happen in the future, but it is still reassuring about the likelihood of it happening to you.
Make a careful search of all relevant records to see if the doctor or team working on you has had a history of malpractice cases.