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Queens Medical Malpractice Attorney

Claims for When Medical Care Goes Wrong

When you go to the doctor for treatment, you should be able to expect that you will get better or, at the least, not get worse. If a medical professional’s mistakes did cause you to suffer a new injury or it prolonged your negative health condition, then you might have a medical malpractice case on your hands. Come to the Harris Firm in Queens to get a better understanding of the situation and what to do to seek compensation. Our attorneys are devoted to doing the most for our clients and getting them the largest settlements or awards possible.

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What is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice is generally described as a medical mistake that would have could have reasonably been avoided had another medical professional been in the same situation. Under this definition, not all medical errors constitute malpractice if the error would not have been avoided by most other medical professionals. Also, not liking the outcome of a medical procedure is not enough to justify a medical malpractice claim or lawsuit. Something must have gone “wrong.”

Examples of medical malpractice include the following and more:

  • Misdiagnosis: Doctors have the task of diagnosing a patient’s injuries and then prescribing treatments based on their findings. Misdiagnosing an illness – or not reaching a diagnosis in a reasonable amount of time – is one of the most common forms of medical malpractice. An undiagnosed ailment can continually worsen.
  • Surgical errors: Clear communication is a must when in the surgical theater. A small mistake could have disastrous outcomes for the patient. Examples of surgical errors include nicking a nerve or blood vessel, failing to prevent postoperative infection, amputating the wrong body part, etc.
  • Anesthesia errors: Anesthesiologists must administer anesthesia in precise amounts during an operation. Administering too much can cause an injury or a potentially fatal reaction. Administering too little can cause the patient to feel pain or fully awaken.
  • Pharmacy errors: A pharmacist can inadvertently hurt a patient by incorrectly filling out a prescription, such as including the wrong dosage amount or the wrong medicine altogether.
  • Mixing up patient records: Treatments for a patient can only bring predictable outcomes when they are used on the right patient. If a hospital clerk or a doctor mixes up patient records, then the patient could be in serious danger, no matter what treatments are prescribed.
  • Incorrect order of triage: In an urgent care or emergency room setting, patients must be treated in order of triage urgency. Failing to treat patients with critical injuries before those with minor ailments can be a form of medical malpractice.
  • Failing to establish informed consent: Before conducting any sort of medical treatment, doctors are supposed to establish informed consent with the patient if possible. Informed consent means that the patient understands or was given a chance to understand the important aspects of the treatment, such as what it is, how it can help, how it can go wrong, and so on.

How Do You Know If You Have a Claim?

A medical malpractice case must include four elements for it to be a valid claim:

  • Duty: The medical provider must owe the patient a duty of care that meets acceptable standards of medical treatments.
  • Deviation: The medical provider must have acted in a way that deviated from those accepted standards of medical care, i.e., doing something that another medical provider reasonably would not have done.
  • Direct: The deviation from standard care must have been the direct cause of the patient’s injury or worsened symptoms.
  • Damage: The injury or worsened symptoms must have caused the patient to experience some form of damage or harm, like physical pain, emotional trauma, or financial loss.

Does your medical malpractice claim include these four prerequisites? It is not always clear at a cursory glance. Allow us to examine your case to get to the bottom of the situation and determine if you can sue for compensation.

Learn How Harris Firm Can Help

When it comes to suing a defendant, few have more legal protections than medical providers, hospital groups, and health clinics. Give yourself a fighting chance by teaming up with the Harris Firm and our Queens medical malpractice attorneys. We have built our career on battling tough defendants and insurance companies. Let us show you what we can do!

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