Medical professionals will receive a letter from the Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC) that will state their plan to investigate their behavior regarding accusations. Receiving a notice from the OPMC regarding your investigation can be extremely worrying and stressful. You might be wondering what happens next and if your career is on the line. If you believe you have been unfairly or wrongly accused of medical misconduct, do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced New York medical malpractice defense attorney.
What is considered medical misconduct?
There is a variety of complaints that someone can make that would prompt an OPMC investigation. It is typical for a physician to receive a letter from the OPMC when a third party files a complaint. Some allegations that have prompted investigations are as follows:
- Insurance fraud
- Medical malpractice
- Substance abuse
- Billing fraud
- Inappropriate sexual relations
What should I do if I’m an uninsured physician facing an OPMC Investigation?
If you did not buy the “tail” of your Claims Made Medical Malpractice Insurance Policy, you would be considered an uninsured physician. It is possible for uninsured physicians to have to pay out of pocket for their legal bills as well as expert’s expenses, expenses of the deposition, and more. However, the most important factor in this situation is that you retain effective legal counsel to defend against these claims that may risk the loss of your career.
What should I do if I’m a retired physician facing an OPMC Investigation?
It is possible for a retired physician to be held liable in a medical misconduct claim. If this has happened to you, you will have to send papers to your former insurance carrier so that they may provide defense, even if you haven’t purchased the tail of your insurance. If your insurance company does not settle the case on your behalf, you will be held liable to repay the insurance company for the coverage they provided.
Even if you are a retired physician facing medical misconduct investigation, you must seek legal assistance throughout this process to achieve the best-case scenario. Our firm is confident in our ability to fight charges such as these for medical professionals. Allow us to fight for your rights in court by giving our firm a call today to schedule your initial consultation. We are here to help.
Contact our experienced New York City firm
When a medical professional is accused of misconduct, they must retain strong legal representation. If you require a medical law attorney for your legal matters, call Paul E. Walker, an experienced New York City OPMC & OPD Lawyer. Please contact the Walker Medical Law firm to set up a free initial consultation.