If you face accusations of medical malpractice in New York, please read on, then contact an experienced OPMC/OPD misconduct defense attorney to learn what you should do.
You have been accused of medical malpractice in New York – now what?
If you have been accused of committing medical malpractice in the Empire State, you should take the following steps to protect yourself:
- Realize the seriousness of the accusations: By understanding the seriousness of the charge and its potential penalties, you help prepare yourself for the possibility that the investigating bodies might not see the case your way. This will help you make decisions and take actions that will increase the likelihood of a favorable outcome.
- Understand the price of a good defense: To build a strong defense, you will need to account for attorney fees, investigation costs and expert witness fees. This can be expensive but it is preferable to the loss of your medical license, substantial fees and even jail time.
- Intervene before the OPMC or OPD gets involved: Retain the services of a skilled medical malpractice defense attorney, like Paul E. Walker, before the governing bodies intervene, so you can be proactive and possibly prevent being formally accused at all.
- Take no action: Sometimes, inaction on your part affords you the opportunity to see if the accuser or investigators even develop the necessary evidence to prove you committed medical malpractice. Witnesses can recant their statements and test results can bolster your innocence, all without you saying or doing anything.
- Gather any physical evidence and documents: Collect any physical evidence that supports your defense and turn it over to your attorney. This includes photographs, correspondence, emails, receipts and more.
- Obtain witness contact information: Provide your attorney with the contact information of any witnesses who might strengthen your defense.
- Investigation: Your attorney will need to conduct his or her own investigation in order to assess the strengths and weaknesses of your case and that of the accuser. Then, he or she will plan accordingly.
- Accept culpability and express contrition: After assessing the case for and against you, your attorney may deem it advisable that you accept culpability and express contrition for lesser infractions to ward off harsher penalties and/or permanent revocation of your medical license that comes with a ruling of medical malpractice.
By the same token, you should never destroy evidence that you think could hurt you, talk to or have any contact with the victim or witnesses, talk to the investigator without your attorney or consent to any tests without your attorney present. Mistakes can be costly, so please 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.