Medical care is best left in the hands of an expert. Even with a small ailment, we rush to a doctor because we know they’re the ones who can truly put our minds at ease. Doctors, innumerable times, support us through the toughest times for us and our families. It would be accurate to say that doctors and other healthcare staff are our safe-havens.
But what happens when we get trapped in the wrong hands? Medical negligence by a doctor or a nurse can cause irrevocable damage to the person concerned. This is known as medical malpractice. In definition, medical malpractice refers to a situation when a doctor, nurse, or any other health care professional causes injury to a patient due to their negligence or omission.
Medical malpractice in the United States is not a new phenomenon. It is the third-largest cause of death after heart disease and cancer. On average, the country witnesses nearly 85,000 medical malpractice cases. But this is not the most realistic representation as a lot of families choose not to sue or are simply unaware about suing a healthcare worker for medical malpractice. New York has 19.3 cases per 100,000 residents for medical malpractice.
To better understand medical malpractice, here are some examples:
- Misdiagnosis and Failure to Diagnose– If a doctor fails to diagnose a serious condition or misdiagnoses and prescribes treatment that worsens your illness.
- Did Not Obtain Informed Consent – If a physician-administered a treatment without your informed consent, either by ignoring your wishes or not informing you of all the relevant information.
- Deviation from Standard Modes of Practice – This means that another professional would have looked at the treatment prescribed by your medical professional and deemed it reckless.
- Anaesthesia Error – An error in the administration or dosage of anesthesia can lead to severe organ damage, illness, or even death.
- Surgical Error – If surgical tools are left in the body, surgery is performed on the wrong part of the body, or the wrong surgery is performed.
- Birth Injury – Birth injuries can be especially traumatic. If you or your baby suffered due to a medical professional’s negligence during the prenatal or birthing process.
All of the above-stated situations make you eligible for a settlement. If you or someone you know has suffered due to medical malpractice, hire a personal injury attorney to represent your case and get the settlement you deserve. Wherever you stay in New York, you can get a personal injury attorney whether in Long Island, Staten Island, Manhattan or Brooklyn, regardless of where the medical malpractice took place and where you live (as long as both the locations fall in New York State).
It is important to remember that in a medical malpractice suit, it can be quite challenging to prove the liability of the health care worker. Hence, you must hire the best personal injury law firms to represent your interest.
In New York, you can file a medical malpractice lawsuit within two years and six months of the last treatment received.
If you or someone you know has been injured due to medical negligence by a healthcare worker and you need the best personal injury law firm, contact Siler & Ingber today. Call us on 1-877-529-4343 or complete our online form on this page to schedule a case evaluation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys. Our consultation is free and we do not charge a fee unless we win your case.