A recent article published by the Albany Business Review stated that the New York Public Interest Research Group (“NYPIRG”) has urged state lawmakers to pass legislation requiring doctors who have been sanctioned for negligent conduct to notify their patients of such malpractice. The article reported that more than 77 percent of doctors sanctioned for negligent conduct by the New York Medical Board are allowed to continue practicing medicine. Although the majority of the 102,554 doctors licensed in New York have impeccable records with respect to negligent conduct in their practices, the fact that more than three quarters of those who have been sanctioned for negligence are allowed to continue practicing without notice to potential patients calls into question patient safety statewide.
If you believe you have been a victim of negligent physician conduct, you should immediately contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney in Brooklyn for a free consultation to help you evaluate your case.
Lack of Information About Physician Negligence is Concerning
There is no New York State law requiring physicians to notify their patients that they are practicing under Board-imposed limitations. This concept is counterintuitive to the idea that “sanctions” should punish negligent conduct. The information is present on online doctor profiles and a state hotline is available, yet many patients do not know to go looking for this information in advance of seeing a particular doctor. The lack of information is concerning to say the least.
Medical malpractice takes place when injury or death occurs as the direct result of a physician’s failure to properly diagnose or treat a medical condition. The injury resulting from the physician’s negligent conduct can either be new or an aggravation of an existing injury or condition. Medical malpractice is serious misconduct, and can cause serious consequences for the victims. Therefore, it is imperative that patients be as informed as possible when choosing a physician.
Contact a Medical Malpractice Attorney in Brooklyn
Doctors are busy professionals whose skills erode if they do not keep up with the latest advances in technology and diagnostic technique. Further, many physicians fail to do so after they have practiced for many years. If you believe you have been injured as a result of physician negligence, it is important that you contact a skilled New York personal injury lawyer for a free consultation to help you evaluate your case.
Medical malpractice cases involve complex sets of facts and legal issues. As discussed above, you may not have all of the necessary information about the doctor’s history. Finally, doctors and their malpractice insurance carriers have teams of attorneys who are skilled at defending these types of cases and frequently will deflect the blame for the injury away from the doctor and even towards you. By hiring an experienced attorney at Peters, Berger, Koshel & Goldberg, P.C., you can be sure you are hiring a medical malpractice attorney that will provide skilled, effective representation to clients who suffer from injuries related to negligent physician misconduct. Contact Peters, Berger, Koshel & Goldberg, P.C. today at (718) 596-7800 or 1-800-836-7801.