NYC Medical Malpractice Attorney
Negligent Medical Professionals
Cases of medical malpractice come in all shapes and sizes, none of which are minimal or insignificant. Very often, serious, life-threatening and / or life-altering injuries and illnesses develop from instances of medical malpractice and negligence. When this is the case, swift legal action will need to be taken and it should only be done by an attorney from our firm. When you choose to work with a New York City personal injury lawyer at Sakkas Cahn & Weiss, LLP you will experience legal representation unlike that which can be found anywhere else. Here, you will be provided with steadfast support that will not waive in the face of any difficulty that may arise.
Doctors, nurses, surgeons, dentists, pharmacists, psychologists and other medical professionals are expected to adhere to a very strict set of rules and ethical practices. When they veer in even the slightest way from these, serious cases of illness and injury are likely to ensure. Professionals in the medical field are held to a higher standard because their error can directly result in the injury or worsened medical condition of their patients. Listed below are some of the most common types of medical malpractice:
Types of Hospital Errors
Misdiagnosis or Failure to Diagnose: This type of medical error results in preventable illnesses and further worsening of medical conditions because the correct diagnosis was not made. It is estimated that this form of hospital error results in up to 98,000 preventable deaths and one million excess injuries in U.S. hospitals each year. Whether the misdiagnosis was because of human error, lack of training or the complexity of the medical condition itself, misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose is an inexcusable practice.
Surgical Error: When a chef makes a mistake, it results in an unhappy customer. When surgeons make mistakes, it directly affects the health and wellbeing of the patient. Medical professionals such as surgeons must be held to a much higher standard than those in other professions. It is not uncommon to hear of a doctor removing the healthy organ while leaving in the infected one, or stories of performing operations on the wrong individuals.
Birth Injuries: These are different in nature from birth defects. While a birth defect is a condition that an unborn child develops while in the womb for one reason or another, a birth defect is a direct result of some sort of negligence during the birthing process. This could include the umbilical cord being wrapped around the baby, improper ventouse or "vacuum extraction" or any number of other errors. Common injuries as a result are fractures, paralysis and brachial palsy.
Brachial Plexus Injuries: These injuries involve the brachial plexus, which is a bundle of nerves that stretches from the neck to the spinal cord. These nerves control nerve impulses to the arms and injury to these nerves can occur during the birth process.
Dialysis Errors: Kidney failure is treated by a process known as dialysis, which is a process that removes waste from the blood. There are two major types of this process: peritoneal and hemodialysis, with hemodialysis being the most common. This is a sensitive process, which can pollute the blood and worsen the condition if conducted improperly.
Failure to Monitor: This is often a phrase that is used in collegiate athletics, but it can also be used to describe malpractice of medical professionals. Hospital staff that does not properly oversee operations and treatment could be guilty of negligence.
In all of New York City there may be no better firm to take on the logistics of your medical malpractice case than our firm. Here, we are committed to high ethical standards that focus on righting the wrongs of injury victims. For many years now we have devoted a large percentage of our time and attention to victims of medical malpractice throughout the city, and your case will be no different.