This week, Avvo announced that it has launched a doctor-ratings directory that will offer information on physicians’ backgrounds, experience and disciplinary records. Avvo already rates lawyers on a 1-to-10 scale and includes their disciplinary sanctions and client reviews.
The directory has 800,000 doctor profiles covering 90 percent of the country’s licensed physicians, according to a press release. Avvo was slower to reach that kind of saturation for its lawyer ratings. The company was launched in 2007, and announced this April that it has finally grown to cover lawyers in all 50 states. So far the site has searched for misconduct information for about half of the listed doctors and posted its findings.
At least two lawyers have sued Avvo over their lawyer ratings, and many express concern over the open forum given prior clients to rant against an attorney following an unhappy outcome.