When New York residents and others elsewhere around the country seek medical services, they trust that the training and expertise of the physicians will result in a proper diagnosis of the problem being experienced. Yet, studies show that misdiagnoses are common in the medical field. In fact, for the past five years, the significant number of medical malpractice claims were related to errors in diagnoses.
Bill Paxton had a very successful Hollywood career on both the big screen and television. His life came to an untimely end when he sought medical treatment for a heart condition. His family now believes that the surgeon who operated on him is guilty of medical malpractice, and they have filed lawsuits against the doctor and the facility of treatment. Those in New York who have also lost loved ones to potential medical negligence may be entitled to pursue the same legal actions.
New York legislators and Gov. Cuomo recently agreed on an acceptable version of a new law that will assist patients with cancer who do not learn that the doctors made a mistake until after the statute of limitations has expired. Many patients have in the past been denied the right to sue their doctors for negligence because the patients did not discover the negligence until it was too late to seek damages. The new law will give a period of 2 1/2 years to file the medical malpractice lawsuit after the cancer patient discovers the error.
Residents of New York -- and really, individuals across the nation -- have the right to expect, even demand, a professional standard of care from their health care providers. In fact, such a standard is used to ascertain whether a doctor has committed medical malpractice, should it be determined that he or she failed to meet that standard of care. In another state, a man has filed a lawsuit claiming exactly such a failure after a doctor's alleged negligence led to the loss of his leg.
Two couples in New York joined together some time ago to file legal claims against a fertility clinic. Their time and patience recently paid off when the appeals court hearing their medical malpractice case decided in their favor. The decision made is one that could help many other couples who have experienced the same issue fight for compensation.
For many New York residents, having to put a loved one in any sort of long-term care facility can be a difficult decision. There are so many horror stories about the care patients receive -- or lack thereof -- in nursing homes, but sometimes families have no other choice. When there are signs of abuse, neglect or medical negligence, family members of the victims may be entitled to take legal actions against those responsible. Recently, a settlement was reached in a medical malpractice case involving a rehabilitation center in another state. Video footage released regarding this case has made national headlines.
For most parents in New York, a cancer diagnosis for their young child is one of their worst nightmares. This experience may be especially difficult in situations where a delay in diagnosis significantly reduces the child's overall quality of life. Unfortunately, a recent medical malpractice lawsuit claims that such a situation has left a young girl in a wheelchair for the rest of her life.
When a patient goes to a New York hospital, it is expected that any doctor, nurse or practitioner providing care will act in accordance with accepted safety standards. One only has to review the latest data regarding medical malpractice statistics to realize there are many who don't. In order to determine if a particular injury or illness was caused by medical negligence, it's important to first understand more about standard of care, and how to recognize when medical staff members have fallen short of the mark.
The birth of your baby was supposed to be the most joyous day of your life. Instead, it was a day filled with fear and grief over a birth injury your baby suffered. You trusted the doctor, nurses and medical team to care for you and your unborn baby and provide a healthy birth. You can't help but shake the feeling that a mistake they made or something they missed caused your baby's birth injury.
There will always be need of skilled doctors, nurses and other medical professionals in New York and throughout the nation. Patients have the right to reasonably assume the utmost care will be taken to adhere to accepted safety standards when any treatment or care is provided. However, doctors and other medical staff members are human beings who can make mistakes just like anyone else. This is why so many incidents of medical malpractice occur every year.