Mississippi has a new executive director at the Mississippi State Board of Licensure who is responsible for “investigating complaints brought against doctors” in the state. But, is he the right fit for the job?
 
Back in February, the Clarion-Ledger reported that Dr. Kenneth Cleveland was brought on board as the executive director and given the responsibility of looking into complaints filed against MS doctors. But, the source also pointed out that Cleveland himself has been sued 12 times in the past on behalf of former patients. While not every medical malpractice lawsuit confirms a doctor made a mistake or harmed a patient as anyone holds the right to file suit, it does bring to light some of the potential issues patients have been faced with while under the care of that physician.
Many of the cases brought against Cleveland were filed between 2002 and 2013, and while some were settled, others were dismissed. In one case, which was filed in 2011, the beneficiaries of Lloyd Thompson sued the doctor claiming that he “acted negligently when treating a small bowel obstruction” which ultimately led to his death. The parties were able to come to some sort of settlement and the case was dismissed in 2014. Another suit was filed against Cleveland in 2011 alleging that “after Cleveland performed gastric bypass surgery, he failed to adequately assess post-operative conditions, resulting in injuries to patient Lisa Morales.”
 
That case was dismissed in 2013 after a settlement was reached in arbitration proceedings.
 
Cleveland eventually let his certification from the American Board of Surgery expire in 2014. He went on to become the CEO and physician at Remedy True Health, which is a medical spa that specializes in weight loss and cosmetic non-surgical procedures. When Cleveland was considered for the position as executive director, Licensure Board President Dr. Charles Miles said, “the licensure board never disciplined Cleveland nor has it received reports of a hospital disciplining him.” He told the news outlet that he and his colleagues did consider the malpractice lawsuits that were filed against Cleveland during the hiring process and felt that he “was the best candidate” for the job.
Prior to the board hiring Cleveland, they went a nine-month period without an executive director. Miles said that the previous director, Dr. John Hall, was let go in May simply because he “just didn’t work out.” Not only did Cleveland come into a heap of responsibility, but also at a “tumultuous time” as the board is “working on new prescription rules and regulations that will alter the way Mississippi doctors prescribe opioids and benzodiazepines, like Xanax and Valium.”
 
Although the board has already gone through a few directors, hopefully, Cleveland is the change the community needs in the medical field to help identify physicians who aren’t providing the standard level of care that is expected to be given.
 
Victims of a medical mistake have a better chance at obtaining a successful outcome in their case when they hire a medical malpractice lawyer in Jackson, MS to represent them.
The fact is, medical malpractice complaints are filed each and every year. While some doctors are, in fact, guilty of making a mistake which had led to a patient suffering, other cases lead to patient deaths. And while the public relies on the board to help identify negligent doctors and nurses, not always are they successful in doing so. That is why anyone who has been treated by a careless or negligent doctor in Jackson, MS hire a medical malpractice attorney to help ensure justice is served and that the practicing doctor is held accountable for his/her mistakes.
In the event you are a victim of malpractice, contact the Jackson, MS medical malpractice lawyers at The Bowling Law Firm today. This team of dedicated and reliable attorneys will be sure to help you build a solid case and obtain an outcome that is in your favor.
 
The Bowling Law Firm can be reached at:
 
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Gulfport, MS 39501
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