Nurses are trusted to work carefully alongside physicians to ensure the health of their patients. Fortunately, our nation has some of the most dedicated, intelligent nurses in the world. However, if you are a nurse who is facing a medical misconduct or malpractice complaint, you must continue reading to learn more about how our firm can help you. Here are some of the questions you may have regarding the legal process going forward:
What is nursing malpractice?
Though the terms “misconduct” and “malpractice” are technically different, they are very closely related, and nurses can be punished for either. Misconduct has more to do with violating certain ethical standards, which very often harms patients as a result. On the other hand, medical malpractice more involves deviating from commonly accepted practice through negligence, which also harms patients as a result. If a patient of yours can prove that you violated the standard of care and that you can be held responsible for the injuries or harm he or she sustained as a result, there is a very good chance you will have a malpractice lawsuit filed against you. If you are facing these charges, you may no longer be allowed to practice, which is why you must hire an experienced medical misconduct defense attorney as soon as you can.
What are some examples of negligent or inappropriate nurse behavior?
Some examples of behavior that can land you in serious trouble include injuring a patient, improperly administering the patient’s medications, failing to file reports when necessary, having sexual relationships with patients, or having a substance abuse problem. If a patient is harmed and cites any of the following behaviors, you may lose your right to practice without the proper legal defense team on your side.
What happens in a medical malpractice lawsuit?
If you are facing a patient’s complaint that requires formal legal action, you will most likely be investigated by the Office of Professional Discipline, or OPD. You may also face additional legal consequences from the Department of Education, which may suspend your license until you can prove that you deserve your license back. If you are facing false or unwarranted accusations, you cannot afford to wait. You must seek legal assistance as soon as you can. We have been fighting to protect physicians’ right to practice for years. Let us 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.