Residents of New York who seek medical treatment trust their doctors to take the time and care to make informed, professional and often life-saving decisions. In another state, however, due to alleged doctor error and hospital negligence, a woman is now left without her foot and lower leg. The woman has filed a medical malpractice suit against Lifepoint Hospitals and the other parties deemed responsible.
When New Yorkers have serious health problems requiring surgery, they rely on doctors and surgeons to provide the best treatment possible. A woman in another state recently filed a medical malpractice against a hospital, alleging that its staff failed to provide adequate care. The lawsuit claims that, following a surgery performed there, the plaintiff suffered brain damage.
New York surgery patients have no choice but to place their trust, and their lives, in the hands of surgeons. For their part, surgeons are expected to carefully review medical records and pertinent documentation before every operation to ensure they are completely prepared. A recently filed medical malpractice lawsuit in another state claims that the surgeons involved not only neglected to review the patient's files and subsequently removed the wrong organ, but then attempted to hide their mistake.
If it passes, a controversial new bill in another state has the potential to set a precedent in medical malpractice lawsuits that could have far-reaching consequences even for citizens of New York. The proposed legislation hopes to limit medical malpractice litigation, requiring certification of merit proving that the evidence of doctor error or hospital negligence is strong enough to move forward. Moreover, the bill would cap limits on damages awarded for things like pain and suffering and other non-economic damages at $250,000.
In what doubtlessly sounds like a nightmare for any New York parent, a mother filed a lawsuit when the failure of health care professionals eventually resulted in the permanent brain damage of her infant son. A jury in another state awarded the mother and her child $45 million in the medical malpractice case. The suit alleged that an initial failure to diagnose a leg fracture eventually resulted in permanent brain trauma caused by abuse at the hands of the child's father.
Though it did not happen in the state of New York, a recent lawsuit ended with a jury finding a doctor liable for $2.4 million in damages. The medical malpractice suit was filed after the defendant's failure to appropriately treat a patient resulted in the man's death. The 72-year-old individual arrived at a hospital with complaints of rubbery legs and weakness; three days later he was dead.
The health of a child is often a parent's top priority. Generally, parents have no choice but to trust medical professionals to keep their children safe, whether in New York or anywhere else in the nation. Sadly, though, sometimes healthcare professionals fail to exercise the degree of care and skill required to prevent the serious injury or death of child. If either of these occur, a medical malpractice claim could result.
Medical professionals have a duty to provide a certain standard of care to patients. Despite that legal obligation, countless patients are the victims of medical malpractice every year in New York. When medical malpractice occurs and the injuries or damages have left a victim or family with even larger medical bills or altered the quality of life for that victim, those damaged have the right to pursue claims for financial relief in civil court.
Putting your life or the life of a loved one in the hands of a medical professional comes with a certain assurance that the professional involved will use reasonable standards of care. Despite those standards of care, situations arise where a medical professional in New York acts recklessly, carelessly or with negligence, causing the injury or death of a loved one. This is called medical malpractice and those who become the victim of medical malpractice should understand the scope of the problem and what kind of scenarios may warrant legal action.
Doctors and other medical professionals not only have an ethical and moral obligation to treat patients with extreme care and safety, but they also have a legal obligation to do so. Despite that legal obligation, medical professionals in New York and elsewhere can still act recklessly or negligently and injure patients in the process. When this kind of situation unfolds and innocent victims are left to pick up the pieces of a medical error or negligence, the injured party may be able to pursue a medical malpractice suit against the medical professionals involved.