What is the Difference Between an OPMC Complaint & a Civil Complaint?

If you are a medical professional, the last thing you’d ever want is to receive a complaint, either a civil complaint or one from the OPMC. That being said, everyone makes mistakes, and if you are someone who recently received a complaint from the OMPC or a civil complaint, meaning from a patient or another individual party, there is a very good chance that you are currently facing medical malpractice allegations, which can put your career in jeopardy. Our New York City medical defense lawyer is here to help. Please continue reading and speak with our firm to learn more about how we can help.

What is the OPMC and what happens if I receive a complaint from them?

The OPMC, also known as The Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC) is in charge of overseeing medical professionals to ensure that they always act appropriately and that they do not commit acts of malpractice. If you’ve been accused of malpractice, the OPMC will most likely be the entity that examines your case and handles your complaint.  If OPMC determines that you are guilty of malpractice, you may lose your medical license.

What is the difference between an OPMC complaint and a civil complaint?

There are various differences between OPMC complaints and civil complaints. Various actions may qualify as grounds for a complaint, including substance abuse allegations, allegations of inappropriate conduct, billing fraud, and others. When a patient is allegedly wronged by a medical professional and he or she chooses to file a complaint, he or she may do so to the OPMC, wherein the OPMC will examine the circumstances of the complaint, and if the OPMC determines that the complaint is valid, then the medical professional may lose his or her license to practice medicine.

That being said, there are times where patients will instead wish to file a civil complaint. These complaints are not filed through the OPMC, and instead, they are pursued with an attorney against the physician on the grounds of negligence in a civil complaint. This means that the patient is essentially suing you for financial compensation to help cover the cost of any damages he or she has allegedly incurred as a result of your negligence. That being said, on top of this, these claims often extend to additional disciplinary action on the part of the OPMC as well. Our firm is here to defend you from such accusations. Give us a call today.

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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.