At Duffy & Duffy in Uniondale, NY, our Long Island medical malpractice lawyers work with those who have suffered medical mistakes at the hands of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals. Statistics from the Institute of Medicine indicate an alarming rate of medical malpractice, with forty-four to ninety-eight thousand people dying each year as the result of medical mistakes.
Despite the strives and advances in medicine over recent years, medical malpractice remains prevalent and a leading cause of death in this country.
As technology and knowledge advance, medical procedures have become more complex. New prescription and over-the-counter drugs are released. Hospitals and clinics operate under-funded and under-staffed, with its personnel over-worked. These can all lead to medical mistakes, ranging from minor injuries to major complications and, in many cases, death. The Long Island medical malpractice lawyers at Duffy & Duffy know these cases all too well, and are prepared to help.
Doctors, hospitals, clinics, medical staff and others can be held liable for their negligent actions that cause injury or death to a patient. Seen in many forms, this negligence can include a range of actions or inactions, including failing to diagnose, making an erroneous diagnosis, prescribing or dispensing the wrong medicine, delivering the wrong treatment and more. Whether associated with birth injuries or elderly patients, medical malpractice is serious and can have life-changing consequences.
The Physician Insurers Association of America reports that failing to properly diagnose a condition or disease is the most commonly seen medical malpractice claim. These failures to diagnose are extremely serious, and can lead to death or serious injury to the patient.
Related to the concept of failing to diagnose is another claim – “error in diagnosis.” Here, a diagnosis is made but it is faulty. Either the patient’s disease or condition is not diagnosed or they are diagnosed with a condition or disease they do not actually have.
Doctors, whether performing a minor procedure or major surgery, owe patients a duty of care. Failing in that responsibility can have catastrophic consequences.
As NCBI explains,
The injured patient must show that the physician acted negligently in rendering care, and that such negligence resulted in injury. To do so, four legal elements must be proven: (1) a professional duty owed to the patient; (2) breach of such duty; (3) injury caused by the breach; and (4) resulting damages. Money damages, if awarded, typically take into account both actual economic loss and noneconomic loss, such as pain and suffering.
In the case of a medical procedure, for example, part or all of a procedure may have been performed negligently, resulting in injury or harm. Whether evident immediately or after recovery has begun, the medical professional may be liable.
The medical malpractice lawyers at Long Island based Duffy & Duffy often face claims involving the failure of a doctor to properly perform a procedure. We are familiar with these cases and will work hard towards protecting your rights.
Our team of New York medical malpractice lawyers are skilled and experienced in identifying legal issues, assessing claims and making a determination as to whether we can bring a meritorious claim on our clients’ behalf. Doctors are protected by a range of laws that insulate them from small, trivial errors that do not cause harm to the patient.
When a tragedy occurs and serious medical malpractice causes injury or death, you or your loved one may have a valid claim for medical malpractice against the doctor, hospital, clinic, medical practice and other involved parties. Our experienced New York medical malpractice attorneys can assess your case and help determine whether a claim should be pursued.
New York has a limited window of opportunity for you to bring your medical malpractice case – typically two and one half years. This time constraint can and does vary based on the particulars of the action being brought. In some cases, your opportunity to file a claim is even shorter. If a deadline passes, you may be “time barred” and lose your right to file a claim. For this reason, it is critical you contact the Long Island medical malpractice lawyers at Duffy & Duffy as soon as possible.
Our Long Island medical malpractice lawyers can address your questions and help give you the answers you need. We can help you determine whether you should bring a case, and whether it is a case we can assist with. We encourage you to speak with our Long Island medical malpractice lawyers as soon as possible to assess your situation and help you decide how best to proceed.
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