Information Everyone Should Know About Medical Malpractice

By Kisshia Simmons, Esq. and Perika DeRoche’

Medical Malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional, such as a doctor, a pharmacist, nurse, technician, or a healthcare facility fails to provide an “acceptable standard” of care that results in an individual getting injured, becoming ill, or developing a worsening condition.

What Are Some Types of Medical Malpractice?

Surgical Error
Suzie had her appendix removed.  2 weeks later she is rushed to the emergency room with a very high fever.  It is discovered that there was a piece of surgical gauze that remained inside Suzie from her appendix removal.

Failure to Diagnose/Misdiagnose
Tom noticed an unusual scab on the inside of his jaw.  He mentioned it several times to his dentist during teeth cleanings.  A year later, Tom was diagnosed with oral cancer.

Failure to Inform of Risks
Mr. John’s Doctor performs prostate surgery but fails to let Mr. John know that becoming impotent is a possible side effect of the surgery.

Failure to Monitor
 Mr. Adams developed a severe bedsore on his thigh while in a nursing home. 

Improper Treatment
While in an ambulance, a paramedic gives 10 times the dosage of a drug.  Sally’s blood pressure sky-rockets and she has a mild stroke.

Birth Related
Ms. Merts is a 47-year old who had a tubal ligation to avoid becoming pregnant.   Two weeks ago she discovered she was pregnant. 

How Do I Know If I Have an Eligible Claim?
A Medical Assessment

In order to determine if there is a valid basis to bring a lawsuit in New York, a medical expert within a specific field, must confirm that there was a departure from the accepted standard of care, and that departure was pivotal in causing damages that are significant and/or permanent.

How Should I Proceed With Filing A Claim For Medical Malpractice?
The process for filing a medical malpractice case is extremely daunting.   A qualified Medical Malpractice attorney can make this process manageable.  The attorney will be able to inform you about the entire process, and discuss the strengths and/or deficiencies in your case.  Hiring an experienced professional can mean the difference between being adequately compensated and recouping nothing for your injury. All Content and Rights Reserved. Attorney Advertising. Prior results do not guarantee similar outcome.