We rely on doctors to make the right decisions every day – and most of the time, they do. Unfortunately, some doctors and health care professionals fail to provide the appropriate care for patients – and the result is medical malpractice, which many experts believe kills almost 100,000 people each year.
In the state of New York, any medical malpractice lawsuit must be brought within two-and-a-half years from the time of the malpractice. Longer time limits exist for lawsuits involving children or foreign objects left in a body after surgery or for continuous treatment. Regardless of the type of case, immediate action is essential.
Healthcare professionals are required by law to provide the “accepted” standard of care – meaning that they must use the same degree of skill and learning that are used by other members of the medical profession in a similar situation. When a medical provider commits medical malpractice, it means that he or she has failed to provide this level of care.
Some of the most common ways that medical malpractice occurs is through medical errors; misdiagnosis; failing to order appropriate treatment, necessary tests or medication; failing to consult with appropriate specialists; and surgical errors. Malpractice can happen in virtually any medical procedure, but the most typical malpractice cases involve:
- Wrongful death;
- Birth defects or injuries;
- Hospital, physician, and nursing negligence;
- Pharmaceutical (Medication) errors;
- Surgical errors;
- Anesthesia errors;
- Emergency Room errors;
- Radiology errors;
- Failure to properly diagnose or treat cancer.
If Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, is able to prove your medical malpractice case and the medical provider is found negligent, then you are entitled to recover “money damages.” Damages are intended to help you return to the condition you were in prior to the injury.
There are several forms of damages that you may recover in a medical malpractice award: economic (for lost wages or medical expenses); non-economic (for pain and suffering). You may also receive compensation for future medical expenses, loss of future earnings, loss of services to a spouse, and loss of counsel and guidance to children.
However, medical malpractice claims are one of the most difficult areas of litigation, since the negligent action must be documented and proven within specific guidelines. Only a skilled medical malpractice attorney has the experience and resources to thoroughly investigate and prosecute your case. Scott C. Gottlieb is well-versed in our State law and New York’s statute of limitations regarding medical malpractice cases.
In the state of New York, any medical malpractice lawsuit must be brought within two-and-a-half years from the time of the malpractice. Longer time limits exist for lawsuits involving children or foreign objects left in the body after surgery. Regardless of the type of case, immediate action is essential.
If you feel that you or a loved one has suffered injury or illness due to medical malpractice, contact Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, today for a free review of your case. Call our 24-hour answering service at (607) 724-7700 or submit our online contact form.