Section 34-24-56

Report of malpractice judgments and settlements - Filing; contents; sanction for failure to make report.

(a) Every physician or surgeon who holds a license, certificate, or other similar authority issued under the provisions of this article and every professional corporation or professional association of a physician or surgeon shall, during the first 30 days of each calendar year, report to the State Board of Medical Examiners any final judgment rendered against such physician, surgeon, or the professional corporation or professional association of any such physician or surgeon during the preceding year, or any settlement in or out of court during the preceding year, resulting from a claim or action for damages for personal injuries caused by an error, omission, or negligence in the performance of medical professional services, or in the performance of medical professional services without consent.

(b) The report rendered under this section shall include the name of the physician or surgeon against whom the claim was made or asserted, the name of the claimant, a summary of the allegations made, the injuries incurred by the claimant, and the terms of the judgment or settlement. In the event that the judgment or settlement is entered against a professional corporation or a professional association, the report shall also include the name of the physician or physicians employed by or rendering medical services on behalf of the corporation against whom the claim was made or asserted.

(c) The failure to make the report required by this section shall constitute grounds for the imposition of disciplinary sanctions by the Medical Licensure Commission against the license of the physician or surgeon responsible for making such report. Those sanctions may include suspension or revocation or such other sanctions as may be authorized under Section 34-24-361(h) and Section 34-24-381. In the case of a judgment or a settlement entered against a professional corporation or a professional association, each physician owning shares of the voting stock of a professional corporation and each physician member of a professional association shall be individually and jointly responsible for insuring that the report is rendered on behalf of the corporation or association.

(Acts 1971, No. 2321, p. 3744, §1; Acts 1991, No. 91-663, p. 1271, §2.)