Experienced Lawyers Handling Medical Malpractice Cases in New York
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You trust your doctors and other healthcare professionals to improve your health, not make it worse. However, sometimes people in the medical field make mistakes, leading to injuries or illnesses for their patients. If a doctor’s negligent actions caused you harm, you may have a medical malpractice claim. At Bruce G. Clark & Associates, P.C., we have been providing compassionate support for victims of medical malpractice in the New York metro area since 1969. Our knowledgeable attorneys and staff provide personalized attention to ease the emotional burden of going through the legal process.
Examples of medical malpractice
When a doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional fails to provide proper medical treatment, causing harm to a patient, it may be medical malpractice. Some more common forms of medical errors include:
- Ignoring warning signs. When a physician fails to see symptoms of an illness that should have been apparent, treatment is delayed. This can greatly affect the patient’s chances of recovery.
- Delayed diagnosis. If a doctor does not properly diagnose an illness in a timely manner, this could cause serious harm or even death. Some illnesses have a small window in which they can be treated before they become fatal.
- Failure to diagnose. A misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose can also be catastrophic for a patient. If another competent doctor would have properly diagnosed the illness, the treating doctor may have acted negligently.
- Medication errors. If a doctor prescribes the wrong medicine, it may cause more harm to the patient. In other situations, sometimes a person may be given the drugs meant for a different patient. Depending on the circumstances, a doctor, nurse or hospital may be liable.
- Anesthesia errors. An anesthesiologist has a responsibility to check for any possible complications and inform the patient of potential risks. If the anesthesiologist gives the wrong dosage, fails to monitor the patient or is otherwise negligent, they may be liable for malpractice.
- Surgical mistakes. A mistake in the operating room can be fatal. Puncturing an organ, operating on the wrong body part and leaving surgical instruments in the body are all examples of possible surgical errors.
- Birth injuries. Fractures, Erb’s palsy and cerebral palsy are some of the complications that can arise during a birth. A doctor or nurse can also act negligently during prenatal care, causing harm to the mother or baby.
It is important to note that just because a doctor made a mistake or a patient is unhappy with the treatment, that does not necessarily mean it was malpractice. The doctor had to act negligently for malpractice to be found.
In New York, you have two and a half years from the date of the malpractice, or the date of reasonable discovery, to file a claim. Our attorneys can ensure that you file your claim within this statute of limitations, then fight for your right to compensation.
Contact an experienced New York City medical malpractice attorney
If you believe that you or a loved one is the victim of medical malpractice, consult with a knowledgeable attorney at Bruce G. Clark & Associates, P.C. We compassionately guide you through the legal process. Call us at 516-767-1200 or contact us online today. We represent clients throughout the New York metro area.