An interesting editorial yesterday in the Las Vegas Review-Journal regarding the Nevada Board of Medical Examiners posting medical malpractice lawsuits filed against Nevada doctors. Apparently, the Nevada Board stopped posting this information about three years ago on its website. No one paid any attention until the recent southern Nevada’s endoscopy clinic crisis.
You might think a medical malpractice lawyer would be unequivocal that this information should be made public. I appreciate the argument in this regard. But I do not know that it is necessary to post information about the filing of a lawsuit because some medical malpractice claims are groundless (or course, many medical malpractice defenses are groundless too but that is for a different blog). Of course, medical malpractice lawsuits are public information so anyone can post information about the filing of a lawsuit. The question is whether government agencies should be the conduit of this information.
Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons is demanding that the information be put back up and that three members of the Nevada Board resign because of—surprise!—conflicts of interest. I’m inclined to agree with Governor Gibbons, but it is a slippery slope of attaching meaning to the mere filing of a lawsuit.