Common Types of Medical Malpractice That Lead to Claims
No two medical malpractice cases are alike. At Finz & Finz, P.C., our medical malpractice attorneys frequently handle injury cases involving the following common types of medical errors:
- Diagnostic errors: Many malpractice complaints stem from diagnostic errors such as misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or failure to diagnose. When a healthcare provider makes diagnostic errors, patients may not get the care they need and may even receive treatment that makes their medical condition worse.
- Failure to treat: In some cases, physicians correctly diagnose their patients’ conditions but fail to order proper treatment. This type of malpractice is more likely to occur when medical facilities prioritize healthy profits over healthy patients, neglecting basic standards of care to cut costs.
- Surgical errors: Common examples of surgical malpractice include performing unnecessary or incorrect procedures, not properly completing the ordered procedure, operating on the wrong patient, failing to properly sterilize surgical equipment, leaving surgical tools or sponges inside a patient, and failing to provide adequate post-surgical care.
- Medication errors: Prescribing or administering the wrong type or amount of medication, failing to check a patient’s medication history, and failing to check for drug allergies can prove to be fatal mistakes on a doctor’s part.
- Birth injuries: Nothing is more joyful than a new addition to the family. But when medical malpractice results in birth injuries to the infant or mother, negligent healthcare workers can and should be held accountable. Medical negligence may occur during prenatal care, screening appointments, labor, or delivery, with some injuries leaving patients with lifelong health problems.
- Unsafe medical equipment: If medical equipment is unsterile, poorly manufactured, or misused, patients can develop preventable infections or secondary injuries that put their health at risk.
Compensation for Medical Malpractice on Long Island
The money you receive from a Long Island medical malpractice claim is intended to compensate you for the losses you suffered due to your malpractice-related injuries.
A successful medical malpractice case could provide you with compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Projected medical expenses for the future
- Lost wages
- Reductions in your future earning potential
- The subjective costs of the pain, suffering, and lost quality of life you suffer due to your medical malpractice injuries
For families who lost a loved one due to medical malpractice, filing a wrongful death claim could also be possible to obtain financial compensation for your terrible loss.
Statute of Limitations for NY Medical Malpractice Cases
New York’s medical malpractice laws limit the amount of time victims have to file a claim for compensation. Typically, the statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims is two-and-a-half years from the date of the wrongful act. For malpractice cases arising from the death of a patient, claimants have two years from the date of death to take legal action. In cases against municipal hospitals, the time period to file a claim is shortened to ninety (90) days from the date of the malpractice.
In cases where medical treatment is ongoing, the clock starts ticking on the date of a patient’s last medical treatment, but there are specific exceptions to the medical malpractice statute of limitations in New York. Talk to the medical malpractice attorneys at Finz & Finz, P.C. to learn the deadline for your case.
How Our Long Island Medical Malpractice Lawyers Can Help
Medical malpractice claims are uniquely complicated. Without a medical degree, it’s difficult to determine whether a patient’s injury results from malpractice or simply an unfortunate mishap.
Working with a Long Island medical malpractice lawyer is essential because:
- Trained lawyers know the state and federal laws that apply to your medical malpractice case.
- Skilled attorneys can accurately estimate the value of medical malpractice claims.
- Well-organized lawyers can manage important documents and deadlines on your behalf, speeding up the claims process and helping you avoid unnecessary errors.
- Medical malpractice lawyers can communicate with medical providers, malpractice insurance companies, and other attorneys on your behalf.
- Attorneys know how to prove medical malpractice occurred by collecting the medical records and evidence you need to present a compelling case to the insurance company or the court.
- Highly experienced attorneys know medical specialists and medical experts who can provide valuable insight into the causes and effects of your malpractice injuries, including providing testimony on your behalf at trial.
- Proven medical injury lawyers negotiate aggressively to get you the best settlement possible.