Medical Malpractice

As patients, we put our faith and trust into our doctors and medical professionals to ensure we are safe. Sometimes, that trust is broken. Medical malpractice is defined as a negligent act or omission by a doctor or other medical practitioner that causes harm to a patient. Negligence can arise because of an error in diagnosis or treatment.

A New York City medical malpractice case can be pursued when a healthcare professional (such as a doctor, psychiatrist, dentist, pharmacist or nurse) provides inadequate care for a patient or commits a negligent act during the course of a patient’s care. These acts often result in a serious injury or death to the patient. In addition to any physical harm due to negligence, emotional stress is also taken into account in evaluating a medical malpractice case. Healthcare professionals are not the only group that can be held accountable for hurting you or someone you love. Hospitals and clinics can also be liable for damages.

Understanding Informed Consent

In many situations where medical care or treatment is provided to an individual, medical professionals are required to obtain the patient’s “informed consent.” In essence, the patient has made a knowing decision about a medical treatment or procedure after a doctor or other health care professional discloses all the information a reasonably prudent medical provider would give to a patient regarding the risks involved in the proposed treatment or procedure. If the health care provider fails to obtain informed consent, the patient may have a legal claim for damages.

Compensation in a New York medical malpractice case is usually determined by the extent of the damages the patient experienced. Damages from lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and loss of quality of life can be taken into account during a successful medical malpractice case.

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If you or a member of your family has suffered at the hands of a negligent doctor, healthcare professional, hospital or clinic in the Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Rockland, Westchester, Long Island, Nassau County or Suffolk County you need an experienced New York City medical malpractice lawyer.