Almost everyone puts their lives in the hands of their doctor. Whether it’s a simple infection or an invasive surgery, people trust that doctors will have their best interests in mind. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. If you believe you were injured or your condition has worsened because a doctor did not take proper care before treating your symptoms, there is a very good chance you are entitled to financial compensation. If you wish to pursue a lawsuit, here are some of the questions you may have:
What qualifies as medical malpractice?
There are four essential points that a medical malpractice case has to prove before the injured party is awarded compensation. First, the doctor must have accepted you as a patient and owed you a duty of care. Next, you must prove that the doctor’s care failed to conform to the accepted standards of practice. Additionally, and perhaps most importantly, you must prove that you have sustained injuries as a result of the doctor’s breach of duty of care. Since medical malpractice cases are often very time-consuming, and therefore expensive, you must prove that the medical professional’s negligence has had a significant impact on your life. In some cases, the cost of the case may end up being more than the eventual recovery, so you must speak with an attorney before proceeding. Providing proof of loss of income, disability, significant past and future medical bills, suffering and hardship, or unusual pain may help you win the financial compensation you deserve.
What are some examples of medical malpractice?
There is a wide array of behavior that may constitute medical practice, which we will cover in a moment. However, it may be useful for you to know which surgeries most frequently result in complications or death. They are as follows:
- Removing part of the colon
- Removing the gallbladder
- Removing abdominal adhesions
- Operations related to peptic ulcer disease
- Small-bowel resection
- Other open-abdomen operations
Here are some examples of medical malpractice:
- Premature discharge
- Disregarding or not accepting appropriate patient history
- Improper medication or dosage
- Hospital infections
- Delayed diagnosis
- Misreading or ignoring laboratory results
- Failure to recognize symptoms
- Failure to order proper testing
- Anesthesia errors
- Surgical errors or wrong-site surgery
- Unnecessary surgery
- Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis
- Poor follow-up or aftercare
If you or someone you know is a victim of medical malpractice, time is of the essence. Contact one of our experienced New York attorneys today.
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