Medical Malpractice Lawyers NYC – Holding Medical Professionals Accountable After Malpractice
When we turn to medical professionals, we’re often in extremely vulnerable situations – relying on their skills and expertise to safeguard our well-being. This is why medical malpractice can be incredibly damaging. Your life can be turned upside down when these people make mistakes or don’t act according to professional standards.
Medical malpractice cases can be wide-reaching – exploring professional competence, training, equipment, procedures, and much more. This is why it’s essential to have an experienced medical malpractice lawyer on your side.
If you’ve experienced damages that you think have come as a result of an interaction with a medical professional or healthcare provider, you should speak to us as quickly as possible. Our free consultation will help you understand the kind of support and advocacy you can expect from our expert team.
What Kinds Of Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Do We Pursue?
The term ‘medical malpractice’ spans a almost endless range of cases. From diagnosis failures or errors, all the way through to surgery, prescriptions, and on-going aftercare.
Whether your issues relate to a minor illness or life-changing surgery, you can expect the same level of care, compassion and professionalist from the medical malpractice attorney working on your case.
Take a look at the different kinds of cases we’ve handled recently Sakkas, Cahn & Weiss, LLP:
The anesthetic process is a complex one. It begins with a careful patient evaulation and then relies on exceptional communication, timing, dosages, monitoring of patient reactions, oxygen levels, and correctly operating machinary. If an error occurs with even one of these factors, it can lead to life-altering or even fatal consequences.
Although you’ll often have one point of contact with a hospital, there are many people and processes needed to diagnose cancer and virtually all types of cancer require a final interpretation from a pathologist. If an human error or problem with the testing process leads to an incorrect diagnosis, the result is often life-changing for the person involved and their loved ones.
To think that mistakes could be made when someone operates on you is truly horrifying – but it can and does happen. Surgeons are required to diagnose previously unseen conditions in the heat of the moment – and they will almost always be working extremely closely to healthy organs. A mistake or error of judgement at such a crucial time can have catestrophic consequences.
Emergency room malpractice
The atmosphere in an emergency room is often chaotic – with people’s attention having to quickly move from patient to patient. This high-stress environment is taken into consideration when ER malpractice cases are heard – but you should still expect a solid level of care from the team of people treating you.
Baby opioid addiction
Opioid painkillers are regularly handed-out by medical professionals – but when a baby is born after being exposed to these kinds of substances in the womb, it can have huge health and developmental consequences. Often, a parent takes these drugs without appropriate guidance from either the medical professional or the drug company.
Plastic sugery malpractice
Cosmetic and plastic surgery is almost always carried out in an effort to improve your quality of life. This makes it especially difficult when there’s an error or misjudgement that results in damages. Like other kinds of surgery, plastic surgery is complex – relying on anesthetic and working carefully around exceptionally delicate parts of your body. This means human error can occur – and, if it does, the results can be life-changing.
While most people tend to think of doctors and consultants when they think of medical malpractice, nurses are also responsible for huge portions of a person’s care – both in and out of hospitals. A nurse will almost always be responsible for documenting procedures and following an appropriate standard of care – as well as monitoring a person’s wellbeing. Errors in these areas can be just as damaging as errors made by a more senior medical professional.
Medication is a huge area of science – and how medications are required and used will be unique to your condition and unique medical circumstances. As such, errors can do occur – and these errors can relate to the types of medication used, the dosages required, records of use, and much more. Used incorrectly, medications can be catastrophically damaging and lasting side-effects are a very real possibility.
When you’re in the care of a hospital, there are huge teams of people whose job it is to keep you safe and make sure you’re on the road to recovery. If even one of these people drops the ball, you condition and situation can become significantly worse. Hospital negligence is a huge area of the law and can range from a failure to meet their basic duty of care – right through to medication errors and incorrect surgical procedures being carried out.
How do You Know if You Have a Case?
Building a knowledge of medical malpractice law is something that takes many years – so we don’t expect everyone who calls us to have a detailed knowledge of exactly what has gone wrong.
Instead, people often contact us because something that’s happened in hosptial just didn’t seem right. Maybe you’ve come away thinking things could be significantly different for you if someone had just done something slightly differently. Maybe you just have a hunch that something seems ‘off’.
Errors do happen in hospitals and medical settings – and while these things may be normal for medical practitioners, you should try to look past any attempt they’ve made to normalize what you’ve experienced.
Put plainly, if you feel your life has been negatively impacted because of something that’s happened at the hands of a medical professional, you should speak to us today. We’re the people that dig into the complexities of the law – so you don’t have to.
What does a Medical Malpractice Lawyer do?
Although every case we handle is different, there are clear and important steps that we will take with every case.
Proving a duty of care
When you are a patient of a healthcare provider, you should expect a ‘duty of care’. This means that the treatment you receive should be in line established medical standards. Our attorney will establish exactly what kind of care you should have rightfully received – including decision making, surgical techniques, medication, and follow-up care could reasonably be expected.
Demonstrating a breach of duty
With a duty of care established, our attorneys will explore how this duty was breached. To do so, we may access medical records, seek witness statements, request hospital paperwork, seek expert witness advice, and conduct a thorough investigation into exactly what happened.
Part of our investigation will look at establish the fact that the breach of duty of care directly caused your injury.
When the facts of your case are established, we will explore the damages that have been caused by your injuries – building a strong evidence base that will be used justify the fair compensation we seek on your behalf.
What Kinds of Damages Can NYC Medical Malpractice Attorneys Fight For?
When attorneys talk about ‘damages’, they’re referring to the impact that your medical malpractice injuries have had, and will have, on your life.
Sometimes, these are considered ‘economic’ damages – factors that have negatively affected your financial means. These kinds of damages may include:
Costs of future support or rehabilitation
Potential missed future opportunities
In the case of wrongful death cases, funeral and burial expenses
Of course, the impact of your injury can’t always be measured in monetary terms. As such, we’ll also help you understand the ‘non-economic’ consequences of the medical malpractice you’ve suffered. Such damages may include:
The injury or condition that’s resulted from the malpractice
Pain and suffering
The possible loss of companionship
On-going physical impairment
Scarring and/or disfigurement
The loss of the enjoyment of life
While this is the kind of list you’ll find talked about by all attorneys, it’s only the best medical malpractice lawyers that will actually sit down and spend time finding out what the specific impact malpractice has had on you personally. Your story and circumstances are unique, so we’ll spend time understanding the impact of your injuries – including how they could affect your life long into the future.
We’ll Talk To The Insurance Company That Contacts You
When a professional or healthcare provider knows you’ve experienced a medical error, you’ll often get contacted by the insurance company that represents them.
Usually, the insurance company’s representative will be polite, friendly, and keen to offer financial compensation for your experience. Despite this, it’s essential you won’t speak to them – instead, let them know you’re working with a New York medical malpractice lawyer.
Insurers are not on your side. In fact, the primary reason for the calls you’ll get after an instance of medical malpractice is to reduce the amount of your claim – or void it altogether. Insurance coverage providers are businesses that want to make money – and your damages are going to be an expense to them. Their business thrives when the amount they pay out is reduced.
This is why we’ll speak on your behalf. We will calculate how much your damages are worth based on a huge amount of information and future factors. We’ll make sure you are properly compensated for your experience and the knock-on effects. Don’t let an insurance provider work that figure out on your behalf.
Is a Medical Malpractice Case the Right Thing to Do?
The past few years have proved what an invaluable job most medical professionals do. With this in mind, a medical malpractice lawsuit might sometimes feel like you’re punishing healthcare providers and people who are trying their best.
While this is understandable, it’s important to remember that changes to dangerous or careless working practices don’t change unless people stand up and seek justice for any damage done.
People don’t change their habits or attention to detail when they have a ‘near miss’ with a patient’s health. It’s when they are held to account for their damaging actions that people make changes.
Many people just want to put their medical malpractice experience behind them – but failing to hold professionals to account for their actions makes it more likely that other people here in New York will be hurt in the future. When you make your voice heard and get the compensation you deserve – you also make our healthcare facilities safer places.
It’s also important to remember that it’s extremely rare for medical malpractice claims to be settled by individuals or healthcare institutions. Instead, they are almost exclusively settled by insurance companies. Insurers have huge amounts of money specifically for settling these kinds of claims – so you shouldn’t have any doubt about asking for what you’re entitled to.
We Work On A ‘No Win, No Fee’ Basis
The basics of a ‘no win, no fee’ payment arrangement are pretty simple – if we don’t recover financial compensation on your behalf, we don’t charge you a cent.
You probably already know that though. The real question is, what does ‘no win, no fee’ mean to you?
Firstly, it means you don’t have to find the money to hire world-class legal representation. You also don’t have to worry about the hours adding up while we investigate and build you case. You can pick up the phone any time and we’ll make sure we walk you through what’s happening with your case.
Crucially though, ‘no win, no fee’ means we’re financially invested. When you talk to us here at Sakkas, Cahn & Weiss, LLP, you’ll quickly realise that we’re a team of warm and compassionate people who want the best for our clients – but when you realize we’re relying on your case to keep our business thriving, you’ll also come to realize that we’ll pursue your case with all of the grit and determination that we’ve become known for.
What Happens at a Free Consultation?
We appreciate that sitting down with the New York medical malpractice lawyers here might sound a little intimidating – so we do everything we can to make your experience as comfortable and positive as possible.
We start by letting you talk. Your story is the most important factor in your medical malpractice claim – so we’ll take the time to actively listen. It doesn’t matter how long this takes – we need to build a picture of how your life has been affected.
From this point, we’ll talk to you about what a claim might look like – and how confident we are that we’ll recover compensation on your behalf. We promise to be empathic and compassionate – and we’ll avoid confusing legal jargon.
Book a Free Consultation With Our New York Medical Malpractice Attorneys Today
If you think you may have experienced medical malpractice, it’s essential that you speak to an attorney at an experienced New York personal injury law firm as quickly as possible.
Don’t snooze on the idea. You have a limited amount of time to pursue your medical negligence claim. The sooner you contact us, the sooner you’ll have us working hard on your behalf to get the justice and financial compensation you deserve.