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?
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.
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.
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.