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In any area of the medical field, health care practitioners are expected to adhere to a certain standard of care. The very nature of the medical profession dictates that patients should receive health care that works to alleviate pain and illness. However, there are instances where the professionals we trust with our health violate the standard of care that is expected of them. Whether this occurs through error, negligence, or poor judgment, the results can be life-altering or even fatal.
Different studies have pointed to stunning numbers when it comes to medical errors. It is estimated that on any given year 250,000 patients die as a result of errors in their healthcare treatment. Disregarding patient history, misdiagnosis, prescribing the wrong medication, and surgical errors are only some of the medical wrongs committed by doctors and other health care professionals on a yearly basis. As the numbers show, these errors can have egregious consequences. If you suspect that you or a loved one has fallen victim to neglectful medical treatment, contact our medical malpractice attorneys at Novo Law Firm PC, and we'll help you through the next steps in holding your medical provider accountable and securing your financial recovery.
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Just as there are numerous health issues, there are numerous situations that can fall under the category of medical malpractice. However, some of the most common cases of medical malpractice include:
- misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose
- prescription errors
- child birth complications
- mistakes in surgery
- miss administration of anesthesia
This is a very small fraction of medical malpractice cases, and yet any one of these situations can have dire consequences.
In some cases, medical malpractice is clearly evident. For example, if your right leg needed to be amputated and your surgeon amputated your left leg instead, that is an undeniable case of medical malpractice. However, sometimes medical errors or lapses in medical protocol are not so obvious. But, if you learn that at any point in your care, standard procedures were not followed, there is a chance that medical malpractice may have occurred. Through a review of your medical records, tests, etc. a qualified medical malpractice attorney would be able to determine if medical negligence took place or not.
With any legal case, there is a statute of limitations that prescribes a time frame for your right to file a claim. Statutes of limitations can vary depending on what kind of claim you are filing as well as the state you live in. In the state of New York, for example, the statute of limitations on a medical malpractice claim is usually two years and six months from the date you were injured. If the medical malpractice took place over the course of a continuing treatment, the conclusion of that treatment would indicate the date for the commencement of the two years and six months. It is important to note that in New York, if a claim involves a foreign object left in the body of a patient, the statute of limitations allows a year from the date the object was discovered to bring forth a legal claim.