4 Common Examples of Medical Malpractice
Every time you visit a doctor, you are putting your life in someone else’s hands. Although most healthcare providers do whatever they can to ensure the best possible outcome for their patients, mistakes can occur at any stage of diagnosis or treatment.
According to The Washington Post, more than 250,000 deaths per year can be attributed to medical errors, making substandard healthcare a leading cause of death in the United States. Although victims of medical malpractice—or their surviving loved ones—have the right to pursue compensation for the damages they incur, building a strong claim can be challenging. Fortunately, you don’t have to do so alone.
If you want to file a medical malpractice claim in New York, turn to The Law Office of Richard M. Kenny for representation. Our personal injury attorneys have more than 100 combined years of experience in legal practice. Call 212-421-0300 to set up a free case review with a New York City medical malpractice lawyer.
Let’s examine a few of the most common medical errors that may warrant malpractice claims:
- Diagnostic Mistakes
Since medicine is not an exact science, physicians cannot be expected to diagnose every patient accurately after the first round of tests; however, they should be expected to order the most widely accepted tests and screenings given the patient’s symptoms. They should also follow up and ensure the prescribed treatment is working. Doctors who fail to do either may be held liable for any damages that result from a misdiagnosis.
- Failure to Treat
Sometimes physicians will make the right diagnosis but fail to administer the most widely accepted treatment. In this scenario, patients might suffer the adverse side effects of the wrong treatment while their actual condition continues to worsen.
- Surgical Errors
Errors that occur during surgical procedures can have catastrophic consequences with lasting repercussions. Some of the most common examples of these errors include:
- Performing the wrong procedure;
- Operating on the wrong patient;
- Puncturing organs;
- Operating at the wrong site;
- Damaging nerves;
- Leaving surgical instruments inside the body;
- Administering anesthesia improperly; and
- Providing inadequate post-surgical care.
- Birth Injuries
Obstetricians are among the specialists most likely to face a malpractice claim over the course of their career. If a physician provides substandard prenatal care or makes an error during labor or delivery, it can cause permanent damage to the baby. Since the lifetime costs of caring for a child with disabilities can easily amount to millions of dollars, malpractice claims involving birth injuries yield some of the highest settlements and verdicts.
Call 212-421-0300 to Speak with a New York City Medical Malpractice Attorney
If you received substandard care in a medical setting, turn to The Law Office of Richard M. Kenny. We will evaluate the circumstances of your case for free to determine if you have grounds for a claim against the provider or facility.
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