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When you need medical help, you rely on healthcare professionals to diagnose your problem(s) correctly, perform surgery, and administer medications competently. If a hospital, doctor, nurse or dentist, fails to deliver the standard of care expected of them and causes serious injury or the death of a family member, it is considered medical malpractice. Palermo Law has a Long Island Medical Malpractice Lawyer dedicated to each medical malpractice case.
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), medical negligence is the third-leading cause of death in the United States. Furthermore, in 2017, over three billion dollars was paid out by the medical profession as a result of medical malpractice. But it is important to understand that not all bad outcomes from medical treatment are the result of medical malpractice. There are often times when a doctor’s treatment does not achieve the intended outcome even though the care provided was appropriate.
What Makes Medical Treatment a Malpractice
To make a medical malpractice claim, certain elements must be established. First, it must be demonstrated that the plaintiff was indeed a patient of the doctor in question and received treatment from them. This is typically straightforward to establish but is essential to the claim. Next, it must be proven that the doctor was negligent, meaning that they failed to provide adequate care or followed incorrect procedures. Doctors are expected to exercise reasonable skill and care when treating patients. Additionally, it must be shown that the negligence led to an injury. The injury must be directly linked to the improper care provided by the doctor, rather than being something that could have occurred independently of their actions.
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Ultimately, the injury would have to result in damages. Damages include physical and/or mental pain, additional medical bills, or lost income due to time off work. Some of the most common medical malpractice claims include:
- Incorrect or failure to diagnose. This means that if the doctor had made a more accurate diagnosis, the outcome would have been better for the patient.
- Improper warning of risks to the patient. When a patient is being treated, they need to know the risks that go along with the procedure and the precautionary measures required once they have been discharged. If a patient after hearing the risks would have decided to deny the treatment to avoid injury, the result could be medical malpractice.
- Improper treatment. This means that the doctor did not treat the patient in a way that a competent doctor would, resulting in an injury or worsening condition. It also means that although the doctor seemingly gave the correct kind of treatment, the treatment was administered to the patient improperly, resulting in injury.
In order to determine if you or a family member has been the victim of medical malpractice, it’s best to consult with an experienced lawyer. Palermo Law is a Long Island Personal Injury Law Firm dedicated to representing individuals that have suffered serious injuries as a result of a medical provider’s negligence.
Contact A Skilled Long Island Medical Malpractice Attorney Today for Legal Guidance
With two decades of experience, Steven Palermo heads the legal team at Palermo Law. He personally oversees each medical malpractice case from its inception through its conclusion. He has litigated hundreds of personal injury cases and won several million-dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients. He has a passion for helping injured people find justice in their fight against large multi-million dollar insurance companies that try and minimize his client’s injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries as a result of medical malpractice and would like to schedule a free case evaluation from an experienced Long Island Medical Malpractice Attorney, call or email us today.