Medical Malpractice in New York City
Up to 10 percent of deaths in the United States are due to medical error. Every year over 250,000 people die due to mistakes made by doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers, and countless others suffer dire consequences. The statistics reveal that most of the mistakes are made by a small percentage of the profession yet they are not held accountable and are permitted to continue to practice. When you go to the doctor or hospital, you put your trust in their hands, but unfortunately that trust might not be warranted. Sometimes, negligence on the part of a practitioner can lead to a worsening of your condition or even death.
If you believe that your doctor or healthcare provider has caused you harm, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and compensation for your emotional stress, pain and suffering. You may also be entitled to any wages you lose while you recover from your condition. The New York medical malpractice attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC represent clients seeking compensation for the harm they have suffered because of a healthcare provider’s negligence. Contact us to today to schedule a free consultation.
4 Medical Error Statistics
- Medical error is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Only heart disease and cancer claim more lives.
- More than 4,000 adverse events in surgery – classified as “never events” – occur in the United States every year. This events include foreign objects being left inside the bodies of patients.
- Every year, around 100 thousand people are injured by medication errors. Those errors cause at least one death every day in the United States.
- Between 10 and 20 percent of cases are misdiagnosed, making misdiagnosis even more common than medication and surgical errors.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice in New York
Medical malpractice isn’t limited to a doctor causing direct physical harm due to negligence. If you or a loved one has experienced any of the following, let the knowledgeable medical malpractice attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC handle your claim:
Negligence: If a doctor has caused you harm through negligent treatment, you may be eligible for compensation. A judge may be able to compare the actions of your doctors against the successful actions of their peers to prove negligent behavior.
Inaction: Oftentimes, it’s not something erroneous a doctor does, but their failure to act in a timely and appropriate manner that leads to your condition worsening.
Failure to Diagnosis: If a doctor is unable to come up with a proper diagnosis, or misdiagnoses you, you may be forced to suffer through what should have been preventable harm.
Surgery Error: There are numerous surgical errors one can experience, including: a doctor performing surgery on the incorrect body part, a doctor performing surgery on the wrong patient, a doctor leaving a surgical tool inside the patient.
Wrongful Drug Administration: A doctor can be held liable if they prescribe you the wrong medication or combination of medications.
Informed Consent: As a patient, you are entitled to thorough information regarding your medical handling. You are also entitled by law to refuse treatment. If you believe a doctor has proceeded against your will in administering treatment, that doctor can be held legally liable.
Unreasonable Delay: When it comes to injuries and illnesses, time means everything. If any unnecessary delay on the part of the doctor or medical staff led to your not receiving acceptable medical care, you may also have rights to compensation.
How Medical Errors Happen
According to researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine, “most errors represent systemic problems, including poorly coordinated care, fragmented insurance networks, the absence or underuse of safety nets, and other protocols, in addition to unwarranted variation in physician practice patterns that lack accountability.” In other words, while bad doctors or nurses might be the cause of some instances of medical error, many are caused by problems with the healthcare system.
For example, if one patient sees several doctors for treatment, those doctors may not be communicating about the patient’s care, leaving open the possibility for mistakes, dangerous drug interactions or other forms of medical error. It is up to providers to be thorough in the tests and treatments they offer patients. By failing to communicate with other providers, they are doing their patients a great disservice, one that can have terrible consequences. When doctors do make mistakes, they often fail to report them, even when a patient’s health is at risk from that mistake. This not only puts patients in danger, it endangers other patients who could suffer from those mistakes in the future.
Mistakes occur in medical settings due to the direct negligence of providers, too.
The examples given above happen because doctors are fatigued, distracted or handling too many patients at the same time. Patients suffer from their inattention, but they don’t have to accept the outcome.
Turn to Kaplan Lawyers PC
At Kaplan Lawyers PC, we can help you determine whether you have a claim and if the medical provider breached its obligation in providing you with the necessary information or care. We will prove that either through erroneous action or unreasonable inaction you have been harmed. Having handled virtually every type of medical malpractice claim, we understand the importance of gathering all of the evidence and securing expert witnesses to mount a strong, successful case.
Our New York medical malpractice lawyers can prove that the emotional harm or physical deterioration in condition has led to significant damage for which you deserve to be compensated. Proving medical malpractice can be a complex and strenuous endeavor, but at Kaplan Lawyers PC, we are here to help in your time of need. Our consultation is free but the advice will be invaluable, and we will charge no fee unless we win your case.