Physicians are some of the most respected, hardest-working members of our communities. However, if you have recently received a letter from the OPMC stating you are under investigation, you are most likely extremely worried about what is going to happen next. If you believe you are being wrongly or unfairly accused of medical misconduct, you cannot afford to wait. Please read on and reach out to our experienced firm to learn more about what we can do for you. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What defines medical misconduct?
When the OPMC sends you a letter regarding an impending investigation, there are several different complaints you may be up against. Generally, physicians receive these letters from the OPMC when a third party files a complaint about your conduct. Some OPMC allegations that have resulted in investigations in the past are as follows:
- Inappropriate sexual relations
- Medical malpractice
- Substance abuse
- Insurance fraud
- Billing fraud
What are the consequences of being an uninsured physician under investigation?
If you are an uninsured physician, meaning you did not buy the “tail” of your Claims Made Medical Malpractice Insurance Policy, the most important thing you can do is retain effective legal counsel to defend you against a medical malpractice lawsuit. When this happens, you may have to pay, out of pocket, for all legal bills, expert’s expenses, expenses of the depositions, and more.
What happens if I am a retired physician who was uninsured?
Though it may sound unfair, even retired physicians can be held liable. Unfortunately, if you find yourself in this situation, you will have to send papers to your former insurance carrier. From here, the carrier may provide defense, even if you haven’t provided the tail of your insurance. While yes, in some cases, insurance companies may settle the case on your behalf, this very often does not happen, in which case you will be held liable to repay the insurance company for the coverage they provided. However, as this is a rather precarious position for a retired physician to be in, you must seek legal assistance as soon as you can. Our firm has been helping medical professionals fight charges such as these for years. Do yourself a favor and put our experience to work for you.
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.