Medical malpractice victims and patients cannot rely on the medical profession to police itself. There are more than 750 million doctors in the United States, of which more than 2,000 lose their license each year. The New York medical malpractice lawyers at Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. urge you to take the time to carefully research your doctor’s credentials, experience and track record for disciplinary problems or medical malpractice claims before making an appointment or continuing treatment.
New York Law
New York State currently requires physicians to make information about themselves available to the public in several areas:
legal actions taken against the physician
translation services the physician or his/her office may provide
Knowing such important information will make you more confident in the advice and medical treatment you receive from your health care professional. It may also help you avoid becoming a victim of medical malpractice.
But some mistakes or wrongful actions are unavoidable despite how much research you do. If you have been injured due to the wrongful actions of a medical professional, you are encouraged to seek the help of a New York medical malpractice lawyer.
Free Services and Resources Provide By New York State
There are many free services and resources where patients can look up their physician’s credentials and the status of their license prior to making an appointment. Some of these services and websites include:
- New York State Physician Profile (www.nydoctorprofile.com) – This website is created by the state and contains profiles for all licensed doctors of medicine and doctors of osteopathy who are registered to practice medicine in the State of New York.
- Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC)(www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/opmc/main.htm) – This website was created by the OPMC for the State of New York to provide the public a searchable database of physicians who have been disciplined since 1990.
- Caste Connolly Medical, Ltd. – This is a private company/website that identifies doctors, both nationally and regionally, based on an extensive nominations process and review led by a physician-based research team.
- Yelp and Angies List – These are website that consumer’s often share their own personal views of the physician, office staff and other matters concerning the physician’s office procedures.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice, you need to immediately contact a New York medical malpractice lawyer as you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with a lawyer, call Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. at 1-800-529-9997.