What to do if You are a Physical Therapist Being Charged With Malpractice

Most people do not feel they are putting themselves at risk when going to see a physical therapist. In most cases, they are on the upswing and recovering from a serious injury or illness, and they are ready to have their physical therapist get them back to normal once again. If you are a physical therapist, you went through years of schooling and hands-on experience. You are most likely a very hard-working individual who truly cares about the well-being of others around you.

Unfortunately, there are times where physical therapists make mistakes–or worse, they are falsely accused of making a mistake. This can have a grave impact on their ability to practice, as a medical malpractice claim can put your career in jeopardy. This is why if you are a physical therapist who is currently facing an OPMC investigation, you need an attorney who can represent you to the fullest extent. Please continue reading and speak with our New York OPMC defense attorney to learn more about lawsuits against physical therapists and how our firm can help you. Here are some of the questions you may have:

Does the individual have a case?

For an individual to win a medical malpractice lawsuit against you, they will have to prove that you owed them a duty of care, that you breached that duty of care, and that they were injured and incurred significant damages as a result. This is a high standard to prove, and with an experienced attorney at your side, you can fight their claim. The most common grounds of malpractice lawsuits against physical therapists are overextending limbs, failing to supervise patients, failing to inform patients of certain risks, dropping patients, ignoring complaints of pain, or using defective equipment to conduct the physical therapy. These forms of negligence often lead to spinal cord injuries, concussions, heart attacks, broken bones, sprains, and more.

What happens when the OPD investigates me?

When someone files a malpractice claim against a physical therapist, the OPD, or the Office of Professional Discipline will launch an investigation into the incident. When this happens, they will scrutinize each aspect of your case to determine whether you should be allowed to continue to practice. When this happens, you must retain the services of an attorney who can aggressively combat these charges so you can continue practicing physical therapy. Our firm is here to help. All you have to do is give us a call today.

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.