When Your Doctor Becomes An Employee
You may have known your doctor and have been a patient for years while he or she was a sole practitioner or a partner of a group medical practice. But if your doctor becomes an employee of a larger hospital group like Northwell Health, your experience as a patient may change. One aspect of that change is that filing a successful medical malpractice lawsuit could become more difficult.
Fighting A Financial Behemoth
Joining a larger hospital group may make financial sense for your doctor. Large groups have greater financial resources, and therefore greater negotiating power with insurers. Unfortunately, this also means that they have greater power when fighting medical malpractice claims.
Chances are that when your doctor was a sole practitioner or part of a small group practice, he or she didn’t have a corporate lawyer on retainer waiting for the cases to roll in. If you experienced an injury related to negligence, you would sue your doctor, or the small group practice. But now, with the growing trend of health care consolidation, your doctor is an employee who is protected by the parent company. And that parent company likely has more resources and time to bear in which to throw up red tape and fight your case for a longer period of time.
You Need An Advocate Who Won’t Back Down
Facing the greater challenge of suing a large health group, you need a lawyer more than ever who can fight effectively, protect your rights and secure the best possible result. At Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, LLP, our attorneys have experience with all types of medical malpractice cases, whether against small practices or large corporate groups. We have the experience and the resources necessary to win cases, including an in-house medical professional.
Don’t Give Up. Call Our Firm Today.
Think you might have a medical malpractice case? Call our firm today to schedule a time to talk to one of our medical malpractice attorneys: 866-679-2513 or 718-577-2573. You can also write to us to learn more.