We trust medical providers to treat us when we require medical care, and we expect a high standard of care. However, errors can and do happen, resulting in harm, injury, or, in the worst cases, fatalities. This can happen in a hospital, hospice, outpatient clinic, or in-home setting by a doctor, nurse, medical aide, or other healthcare professional.
Our attorneys advocate for individuals and families with medical malpractice claims. We provide free consultations, and we work on a contingency basis, meaning we do not receive an attorney’s fee unless you recover damages.
In This Article
- What Are Some Types of Medical Malpractice?
- How Do You Prove You Have Been a Victim of Medical Malpractice?
- Recoverable Damages in Medical Malpractice Cases
- What to Do If You Have Experienced Medical Malpractice
- Things You Need to Know About Medical Malpractice
- Trusted Advocacy for Victims of Medical Malpractice
- Call Us for Help With a Suffolk County Medical Malpractice Case
What Are Some Types of Medical Malpractice?
A medical professional may be liable for medical malpractice if the provider failed to meet an acceptable standard of care and the patient experienced harm, injury, or death. An article by Johns Hopkins Medicine estimated that medical errors occur so often that they rate as the third leading cause of death in the U.S.
There are multiple injuries that can fall into the category of medical malpractice. Some of the more common ones include:
- Improper medication distribution or dosing
- Surgical mistakes
- Anesthesia errors
- Defective medical equipment
- IV or catheter placement errors
- Insufficient staffing leading to inadequate care
- Charting or record errors resulting in harm to the patient
- Improperly trained or certified personnel
- Lack of oversight or monitoring of patients at facilities
Not every unfortunate outcome can be considered medical malpractice as accidents do occur in healthcare settings and some are unavoidable. Medical malpractice claims, however, are definable by failure to follow the generally accepted standard of care.
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How Do You Prove You Have Been a Victim of Medical Malpractice?
Establishing that you have been a victim of medical malpractice requires proving that a healthcare professional or healthcare setting failed to meet the generally accepted standard of care and that failure caused your injuries.
One way this can be established is by having another physician or appropriate provider document the particulars of the care and/or treatment you received, and how that differs from what should have been the standard of care for that condition or medical scenario.
To sufficiently claim you have experienced medical malpractice, by New York state law, the incident that resulted in your injury and the nature of the injury itself would need to support the claim that a healthcare provider was negligent and caused actual harm to you or someone you love.
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Recoverable Damages in Medical Malpractice Cases
Our Suffolk County medical malpractice attorneys will identify the losses you experienced as a result of the defendant’s negligence. Some examples of recoverable damages include:
- Medical expenses
- Long-term care costs
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
If your loved one passed away due to medical negligence, you have our condolences. We consider it a privilege to fight for the surviving family members of victims of medical negligence. We fight for compensation for your family’s losses and for the justice your loved one deserves.
What to Do If You Have Experienced Medical Malpractice
Connecting with a law firm well versed in medical malpractice cases is an important next step if a negligent healthcare provider has harmed you or someone close to you. A lawyer at our firm can determine an appropriate course of action and ensure that you adhere to the necessary legal steps.
New York’s statute of limitations states that legal actions regarding medical malpractice must be filed within a defined period following the alleged event.
Don’t wait to file your claim. Contact an attorney as soon as possible to gather records, interview and/or schedule depositions of individuals, and recover other valuable evidence.
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Things You Need to Know About Medical Malpractice
There are many things to understand about medical malpractice and how the law defines it.
- Medical malpractice can happen with any health care provider, including doctors, nurses, dentists, specialists, chiropractors, and surgeons. It can happen at any medical facility, including hospitals, clinics, treatment and rehabilitation centers, emergency rooms, and doctor’s offices.
- Medical malpractice can occur anywhere along the path of your medical journey including at initial assessment, diagnosis, surgery, treatment appointments, or follow-ups.
- Medical malpractice can result in any manner or level of trauma or injury including death. You can experience short-term medical consequences or end up with long-term health problems resulting from harm that occurred due to improper treatment that failed to meet the generally accepted standard of care.
- Medical malpractice claims and lawsuits can be lengthy cases that extend from the initial discovery period through negotiations, court proceedings (if necessary), and resolution.
Trusted Advocacy for Victims of Medical Malpractice
At Friedman & Simon, our personal injury lawyers understand the intricacies of the New York state laws that define medical malpractice cases. We can guide you through the maze of complexities and fight for the recovery and compensation that you deserve.
Here is a brief outline of how we can handle your case:
- Keep you updated on developments in your case.
- Identify the party or parties liable for your losses.
- Communicate with insurance companies and other parties on your behalf.
- Gather evidence and documentation to establish medical negligence and liability.
- Determine an appropriate value for your case and negotiate a settlement or represent you in court if needed.
- Fight tirelessly to win the best possible outcome for you
Our attorneys may also work with expert witnesses to build your case, including:
- Medical experts
- Vocation rehabilitation specialists
- Life care planners
Such experts can speak to the cause of your losses as well as the value of your case.
Call Us for Help With a Suffolk County Medical Malpractice Case
Finding legal advocates to help you move on with your life following medical malpractice is just a phone call away. Call us for a confidential, no-obligation medical malpractice case evaluation.
Friedman & Simon serves the Suffolk County, NY area and surrounding towns.