What is Medical Malpractice?
When we seek medical treatment or undergo medical procedures, we understand that there is an element of risk. Sometimes, surgeries do not go as planned, and sometimes an illness is difficult to diagnose. But when an injury or illness is caused by the negligence of a doctor or staff person, the patient can’t help but feel cheated. Medical malpractice is more than just an accident. It happens when a doctor is careless in their treatment of patients, causing injury or illness that most reasonable, responsible doctors would not cause during the course of treatment.
Types of Medical Malpractice
There are as many different types of malpractice as there are doctors. Some common types are surgical malpractice, errors in diagnosis, and obstetric malpractice during birth and delivery. The injuries suffered by malpractice victims are serious injuries that can follow them throughout the rest of their lives. Some of the common situations that give rise to medical malpractice claims include:
- Failure to diagnose illness or cancer
- Delayed diagnosis of illness or cancer
- Retention of surgical instruments or sponges inside the surgery site
- Surgery errors that lead to infection or internal bleeding
- Birth injuries to child during delivery
- Injuries to mother during birth or C-section
- Injuries from medical devices
- Emergency room errors
- Nursing home neglect
- Failure to monitor patient
This list does not include all of the possible errors that can cause injury to patients. Medical malpractice happens more often than you think, and it is an increasing problem in New York and throughout the country. As doctors and hospital staff become more hurried, mistakes are bound to happen. But the saddest part of medical malpractice cases is that these incidents are preventable. No patient should have to experience retention of surgical sponges inside their body. There are procedures designed to specifically combat this. But it still happens on a regular basis. If you were the victim of negligence by a doctor or other member of medical staff, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible to determine your legal rights.
What an Attorney Can Do For Your Medical Malpractice Case
Medical malpractice claims are complicated, because they not only require legal knowledge and skill, but they also require fluency in medical terminology. It can be difficult to prove negligence in a medical case, because there is a great deal of research that has to go in to the medical evidence at hand, as well as the industry’s standard practices. If you were injured during medical treatment, you need an attorney who is experienced in handling these types of claims. Contact our firm today to speak with someone who can help you make important legal decisions. You have a limited amount of time to file a medical malpractice claim, so don’t delay.