What Is Medical Malpractice? 

Medical Malpractice LogoPersonal injury law is not limited to only vehicle accidents. On the contrary, personal injury includes premise liability (slip and falls), products liability, wrongful death, workers’ compensation, and more. Each topic could be its own specialization area with their differing and unique laws, but nevertheless, personal injury attorneys take on all of this.  

Medical malpractice occurs when doctors, nurses, hospitals, or other medical professional personnel or facilities act negligently or carelessly while treating patients. Repercussions can include worsening of an illness/injury, a new illness/injury forming, and even death. Medical malpractice includes many subtopics: 

Doctor Negligence 

Doctors can be negligent in treating their patients when their conduct falls below the standards of a medical professional. Doctors can be negligent by: 

  • Misdiagnosing or failing to diagnose an illness or condition 
  • Improperly treating an injury 
  • Prescribing the wrong medication 
  • Using the wrong procedure or causing damage during surgery 
  • Failing to receive a patient’s consent to conduct a medical procedure 
  • Failing to tell a patient about the risks involved in a treatment or surgery procedure 

Elder Home Abuse And Neglect 

As a person ages, it sometimes makes more sense to have them live in an elder medical facility with professional care available all day and night. It can be a tough decision for families to make and also costly. However, sometimes it’s the best thing for an elderly family member. Even if you select the top-reviewed facility and expect the best, you still run the risk of staff abusing and neglecting its live-in patients while you are not around. Signs of abuse or neglect include: 

  • Unexplained bruises, cuts, or injuries 
  • New illnesses or malnutrition 
  • A patient’s missing or stolen property and money 
  • Poorly maintained premises and rooms 
  • Deadly interactions with prescription medication  
  • Ignoring the patient’s preferences and requests 

Wrongful Death 

A personal representative of someone who passed away may sue for wrongful death when the decedent passes away due to the fault of another person. Doctors and physicians are among the people who may be sued when they were administering the treatment that caused the death. Successful wrongful death lawsuits have been a result of: 

  • Emergency room, surgical, and hospital errors 
  • Misdiagnosing a serious illness, such as cancer 
  • Prescribing medication that a patient cannot handle 
  • Administering fatal amounts of anesthesia 

Compensation 

Medical professionals are held to a higher standard because the lives of people are in their hands. You go see doctors expecting to feel better, not worse. Therefore, you deserve to be compensated when you or a family member is further injured, neglected, or taken advantage of while in the care of doctors and nurses.  

You may be able to receive compensation for expenses that you have to endure such as additional medical bills, loss of income, and the pain endured. Note, however, that each claim has a statute of limitations that allows you to pursue a lawsuit. In New York, a medical malpractice lawsuit must be filed within 2 ½ years. 

Contact Us 

If you believe that you or a family member was harmed because of medical malpractice, you should contact our law firm to speak with one of our experienced attorneys. Keep all relevant notes and documents for proof and references in the future. Call us at your earliest convenience at (716) 907-7777.