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Most Common Lawsuits Against Physicians

Total Credits: 1 including 1 AOA Category 2-A Credit

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Al Mercado, Esq.
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Most Common Lawsuits Against Physicians

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this educational activity, participants will:

  1. Identify the most common medical conditions and factors that result in claims against physicians.
  2. Understand the types of claims that results in a significant cause of loss. 
  3. Comprehend the importance of medical record documentations and its impact on the quality of medical care and defense of lawsuits.
  4. Describe ways to reduce risk in the office practice setting.

Disclosure: Mr. Mercado has no actual or potential conflicts of interest in relation to this program or presentation.

Accreditation Statement:

The New York State Osteopathic Medical Society (NYSOMS)  is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. NYSOMS designates this program for a maximum of 1 AOA Category 2-A CME credits and will report CME credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation.

Grievance Policy:

​Grievances regarding this program or AOA CME credit reporting will be handled on and individual basis. All grievances should be directed in writing to the NYSOMS Executive Director at or by mail to NYSOMS, PO BOX 8000, Old Westbury, NY 11568. Grievances that cannot be resolved by NYSOMS will then be sent to the AOA Council on CME , 142 East Ontario Street, Chicago, IL 60611.


Al Mercado, Esq.'s Profile

Al Mercado, Esq. Related seminars and products

Mr. Mercado is the managing attorney for the East Meadow office of Fager Amsler Keller & Schoppmann, LLP. In addition to his managerial responsibilities, Mr. Mercado practices in the fields of professional liability, premises liability, insurance litigation, and healthcare law. Mr. Mercado litigates cases in both the New York state and federal courts involving professional malpractice, general negligence, contractual issues, and insurance coverage. He has successfully litigated insurance coverage cases at the trial and appellate level, and prepared and successfully argued appeals in various appellate courts in New York State, including motions to the court of appeals. As a counselor at law, Mr. Mercado regularly provides practical risk management advice to physicians, dentists, hospitals, and medical organizations throughout New York State on various risk management topics. In doing so, Mr. Mercado provides practical guidance to many medical-legal and regulatory issues. As a lecturer, Mr. Mercado has presented lectures to various organizations and medical societies that include the Richmond County Medical Society, the Myanmar American Medical Education Society, the Nassau County Dental Society, the New York State Dental Association, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, and MLMIC Insurance Company, as well as numerous hospitals throughout the New York metropolitan area. Moreover, he was featured with ophthalmologist John Lombardo, MD, in a highly rated risk management module on the medical-legal issues surrounding LASIK procedures. Similarly, Mr. Mercado has authored and published articles on various legal and risk management topics. Mr. Mercado is admitted to practice law in New York State and the Eastern District of the State of New York (1993). He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook (BS, magna cum laude, 1989) and Hofstra University School of Law (1992). Mr. Mercado is a member of the New York State Bar Association as well as the Suffolk County Bar Association.