As a patient, you may place all your trust in a medical professional to help you reach a full recovery. So it is disappointing, let alone unacceptable, when they do not meet the standard of care and your health condition remains stagnant or even worsens. This is when you may have to report them. Read on to discover how to submit a medical malpractice incident report and how a seasoned New York City medical malpractice attorney at Mark L. Bodner, P.C. can guide you.
How can I submit a medical malpractice incident report in New York State?
Firstly, suppose you believe that you were mistreated by a physician, physician assistant, specialist assistant, or hospital. In that case, you must submit a complaint to the New York State Department of Health’s Office of Professional Misconduct (OPMC). You may be expected to fill out the following information in this medical malpractice incident report:
- Your personal information (i.e., name, address, phone number, etc).
- The physician’s personal information (i.e., name, address, phone number, etc).
- The date and time in which your incident occurred.
- The location in which your incident occurred.
- Whether you have filed a report with any other institution.
- Whether witnesses were present at the time of your incident, along with their names.
- A brief summary of the events that led up to your incident.
Secondly, if you experienced misconduct from a nurse, pharmacist, physical therapist, or another healthcare professional, then you may turn to the State Education Department’s Office of Professional Disciplines (OPD). Similarly, you may provide the following statements regarding your incident:
- Your personal information (i.e., name, address, phone number, email address, etc).
- The healthcare professional’s personal information (i.e., name, address, phone number, profession, etc).
- The name of the institution for which the healthcare professional works.
- A brief description of how your incident occurred.
- Your signature and the signature of present witnesses, if applicable.
What other information should I collect for my claim?
Once you submit your incident report to the OPMC or OPD, they may conduct an investigation against the negligent party, summon them to a hearing, and ultimately place penalties against them. But you still may want to take matters into your own hands by filing a medical malpractice claim.
For your claim, your medical malpractice incident report cannot stand alone as your only piece of evidence. That is, you must take photos and videos of your injuries and damages, make copies of medical bills that you have received since your incident, and more.
The first step that you must take for your claim is to make a phone call. Without further ado, pick up the phone and contact a competent New York City medical malpractice attorney from Mark L. Bodner, P.C. today.