Too often we hear in the news about cases for medical malpractice suits filed by an injured party against the entity or person they believe caused the injury, particularly in the case of hospitals and caregivers. We trust in our physicians, and we know that they are doing the best they can to advocate for our care and for our health. We believe that the physician who has seen us through childhood, adulthood and our elder years knows our personal and medical history like the back of his or her own hand. We can’t think that anything can go wrong. But wrong we are when an incident of medical malpractice rears its head.
How does one discern between what is standard practice and what is medical malpractice? By its derivative, “mal” practice means “bad” practice. This occurs when your caregiver moves away from the standard and appropriate care that should be provided to you. Common types of medical malpractice include plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery errors, birth injuries and obstetrics events, errors made during surgery and through improper diagnoses, and prescription drug errors. Misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose rank among some of the highest when it comes to medical malpractice. Do you fit one of these scenarios?
- After being treated for indigestion, you ended up in the hospital with a minor heart attack.
- The routine visit did not yield any abnormalities, but you later end up visiting the doctor who found a mass on your breast.
- Your baby was injured during deliver due to misuse of forceps or vacuum, inadequate timing of delivery, or an inappropriate dose of anesthesia.
- You have been taking Zithromax for years, and now it is a drug on the recall list.
- You kept telling your doctor something was not right and ended up having a stroke.
- You saved your money for elective cosmetic surgery, but the surgery was completely botched resulting in severe disfigurement.
While the list above is by no means comprehensive regarding the types of medical malpractice that can occur, it serves as a guideline for some of the cases that rank the highest in this area. Many malpractice cases warrant compensative damages if the case is successful. Remember that physicians, surgeons and hospitals carry extensive coverage, and when dealing with these entities you will want to have your New York attorney at your side to help you seek justice.