NYC Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Holding Doctors Accountable for Malpractice
We trust our doctors to perform at the highest standards at all times and we place our confidence in them to do everything possible to safeguard our health and well-being. Doctors are among the most highly educated and rigorously trained professionals and they can be held accountable for making mistakes when they cause the patient to suffer. Don't assume that your doctor took every possible precaution to avoid causing your injury because a close examination of the situation may reveal that you have grounds for a medical malpractice claim.
In order to recover damages, it is necessary to prove your claim meets all requirements for malpractice. These parameters include:
- The doctor had accepted you as a patient and owed you a duty of care.
- The doctor's care failed to conform to the accepted standards of practice.
- You suffered injury as a result of the doctor's breach of the duty of care.
- You sustained losses as a result of the doctor's negligence.
If you have reason to believe that you have been the victim of medical malpractice, contact us at The Law Office of Richard M. Kenny for a free initial consultation. Our New York City injury attorneys can discuss the situation with you and determine whether you have a case. An attorney from our team can meet with you at the hospital or in your home, and we are ready to take immediate action on your claim for compensation.
Understanding the Dangers of Misdiagnosis
When considering misdiagnosis, the dangers are clear – a patient is being treated for an ailment that they do not have, while the one they do have is left untreated. Not only can this cause worsened symptoms the longer that proper treatment is delayed, it can also result in complications from a treatment that is not necessary. Recently, a Patient Safety Incidents (PSI) study by HealthGrades noted that the most common cause of patient safety violations was a "failure to rescue," otherwise known as failing to properly diagnose & treat.
Per 1,000 patients who were hospitalized, the study found that a staggering 155 suffered from this failure to rescue. Worse, of the 42 percent of people who reported a medical mistake to the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) in a 1997 phone survey, 40 stated they had suffered from an error in misdiagnosis or an error in treatment. Then, in 2000, Davenport listed the top five conditions at risk for medical malpractice; for all five, misdiagnosis was the primary cause for a suit bring brought by the patient or surviving family members.
In the emergency department (ED), studies have found that the rate of misdiagnosis can be even higher due to the high stress, high paced atmosphere. In fact, certain studies have said that in the ED, the rate of misdiagnosis can be as high as 20 percent – meaning that one in five patients could suffer from it. Due to this, if you or a loved one has suffered from misdiagnosis, you should not hesitate to consult with a New York City medical malpractice lawyer from our firm as soon as possible. By getting the involvement of an attorney from our legal team, we can review your case and determine the best course of action, as well as help explain how much your case is potentially worth.
Medical Malpractice Claims in New York City
Pursuing a claim for malpractice—whether it is for birth injuries,
nursing home negligence, surgical errors, or other types of negligence—can be highly difficult, especially given the fact that malpractice insurance companies typically have high-powered legal teams for defending their policy holders. Doctors are anxious to avoid the professional consequences of being found to have committed malpractice, so they typically devote a large portion of their yearly earnings to pay for malpractice insurance. You can have confidence in our ability to get the results you need: with 50 years of combined experience and a track record that includes more than $100 million in settlements and jury verdicts, we are ready to take on even the most difficult cases.
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