Few things are more disconcerting than being given notice that you are being sued. Medical professionals who work in obstetrics and gynecology here in New York can find themselves in this position when patients believe that a mistake was made that caused them and/or their babies serious or irreparable harm. Even just the filing of a medical malpractice claim can have adverse effects on a physician’s career.
Therefore, if you receive notice that a lawsuit has been filed against you, you should contact an attorney right away. Not only does this provide the attorney with as much time as possible to review the claims against you, there is also likely a deadline for your response. It would be beneficial to hire someone who has experience in medical malpractice claims because that person should be able to understand the issues and have a working knowledge of the medical field. At the very least, the attorney should have a network of medical professionals on whom to rely for advice and testimony.
Many claims in the OB/GYN field arise out of perceived delivery errors, failures to diagnose a condition that could be harmful to the mother or the baby, or treatment errors. In other cases, a doctor can be accused of misdiagnosing or failing to diagnose cancer or some other medical malady. Whatever the case may be, the patient believes that the doctor is at fault.
When medical professionals are accused of malpractice, New York’s medical board might also be informed. As a physician, you might also need an advocate on this front as well. Your professional reputation is on the line every time a complaint regarding the standard of care you provided is questioned. You need a strong legal team on your side to ensure that the allegations do not interfere with your career and that any legitimate claims are handled in the most efficient and timely manner possible.