People seek the help of a medical professional with the expectation they’ll receive adequate care. Unfortunately, sometimes this goes wrong. Suppose a healthcare provider neglects to follow general practice guidelines for medical care when treating a patient or performing a medical procedure. In that case, the outcome can be devastating because people get hurt.
It’s especially heartbreaking to learn a personal injury or wrongful death associated with medical negligence could have been prevented had the healthcare professional acted or responded appropriately to their patient’s needs. All healthcare providers are supposed to follow a “standard of care,” which means they are supposed to adhere to generally accepted procedures based on the patient’s condition and individual circumstances (e.g., age and ailment).
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries due to the actions or decisions of a doctor, nurse, hospital, nursing home, or another healthcare treatment provider, the Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm may be able to help you. Our medical malpractice lawyers have more than 40 years of experience helping people in Brooklyn and New York. If you’d like to receive legal advice, our caring and compassionate legal team is just a phone call away. Contact us today at 212-869-3500, a free consultation.
Patients go to doctors, hospitals, urgent cares, nursing homes, or other healthcare facilities with the expectation they’ll be treated for their injury or illness. In the majority of cases, people receive the level of care they expect and are properly treated. Tragically, others don’t. Sometimes patients end up in a worse condition than they were before they sought treatment.
Medical negligence can occur at various points of treatment between diagnosis and aftercare. It can also occur during the course of routine treatment. Below are some of the most frequent acts or mistakes that have caused injury and death in Brooklyn healthcare facilities.
Unfortunately, incidents of medical malpractice are not uncommon. According to a Johns Hopkins report, about 250,000 people in the United States die every year from an incident involving medical malpractice. Next to heart disease and cancer, it is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Injured patients in New York are entitled to file a lawsuit if a healthcare professional didn’t align treatment with an acceptable standard of care and the result was injury or wrongful death. In some cases, medical negligence could also mean a failure to act.
If you’ve been injured after being treated by a medical professional, you may have the grounds for a medical malpractice case. A personal injury lawyer can evaluate your case and determine if you meet the New York State’s specific criteria by law.
Negligence or a violation of the standard of care isn’t enough to warrant malpractice under New York State law. Usually, a serious injury must have occurred due to medical errors, misdiagnosis, or other negligent acts.
Patients in Brooklyn who file lawsuits related to medical negligence are entitled to seek compensation for the harm caused to them. This compensation, called damages in legal terms, may include money for medical bills, ongoing medical treatment, lost wages, and loss of earning capacity. Depending on the situation, an NYC court or judge may award additional compensation for non-economic damages for any pain and suffering you or your loved one may have experienced or continue to endure. Not as common, but in egregious injury claim cases where a healthcare provider acted recklessly or fraudulently, a court of law may also award punitive damages.
Medical malpractice cases are often complex and emotionally draining. The Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm believes victims need someone on their side to protect their interests as they struggle through a situation they didn’t anticipate. As one of the oldest personal injury law firms in the United States, our sympathetic attorneys have a breadth of experience advocating for those who have been injured through the negligence of another party’s actions. If you’ve suffered an injury, please seek the help of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney to look over your injury claim so you can protect yourself and your loved ones.
Our law office help families navigate the difficult process of coping with injuries and wrongful deaths associated with personal injury cases and other practice areas for more than three generations. Over this time, we’ve successfully represented victims and their families, helping them either successfully settle their cases or appear in court to litigate cases. We’ve successfully handled countless cases for people in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, and surrounding New York and New Jersey areas.
When the unimaginable happens, the Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm promises to stand with you every step of the way. We understand the emotional duress you’re under and the pain you’re experiencing after a serious injury occurs. Regardless of the legal outcome, our consultations are always free. Let our family help yours. Please contact our New York City law office today at 212-869-3500.