Brooklyn Medical Malpractice
Are you the victim of a medical error?
Patients turn to medical professionals for help at a time of need. They put themselves into the hands of an expert practitioner with the expectation that they will receive competent and compassionate care. In the vast majority of cases, this is precisely what happens: most interactions between patients and their health care providers are handled properly, with the provider delivering the appropriate level and type of care required to treat that patient. Unfortunately, although this is what we expect in every interaction between provider and patient, it’s not always how things go.
Medical malpractice happens. Recent studies indicate that between 200,000 and 440,000 hospital patients suffer some type of preventable harm which contributes to their death while receiving care. The total economic impact of these deaths exceeds $3 billion per year, and their number would make medical error the third leading cause of death in the US.
If you or a close family member has been harmed during a medical procedure, the experience can leave you angry and frustrated and you might not know where to turn. Discussing the details of your case with an experienced Brooklyn medical malpractice attorney can answer many of your questions and also help determine if you are eligible to pursue a claim and how likely it is to succeed.
Medical malpractice can be difficult to prove. As much as we don’t like to admit it, modern medicine can’t fix every problem. People get sick. Our bodies break down as we age, or heal less completely from simple injuries and necessary interventions. Adverse drug reactions occur. The truth is that by the time many patients see a doctor, they are already very ill. It can be hard to tell if a poor outcome has resulted from a preventable error or not.
Medical malpractice occurs when the health care provider deviates from the recognized standard of care. In practical terms, this means determining whether or not a medical professional took the same actions that any reasonably prudent health care provider would have taken under similar circumstances. If the answer is “no” then it may be possible to prove that the provider was negligent in your case.
We consider several broad categories of case to fall under the heading of medical malpractice. If your circumstances match any of these, give us a call:
– Surgical errors
– Failure to diagnose
– Emergency room errors
– Nursing home neglect
– Birth injuries and birth defects
Turn to Experienced Brooklyn Medical Malpractice Attorneys for Help
The result of medical negligence can be truly devastating. When the results are not immediately fatal, there can be continuing pain, mental anguish, lost income, and additional medical expenses to correct the problem. If a medical error has turned your life upside down, you’ll need professional help to restore the balance. Give Kuharski, Levitz, & Giovinazzo a call to find out how we can help.