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Category: Medical Malpractice

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Medical Malpractice

How to Prove Medical Malpractice

To prove medical malpractice, you’ll need to show that negligence occurred and that you’re now suffering from an injury because of the defendant, your doctor.

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Medical Malpractice

How Much Can I Recover by Filing a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit in New York State?

If you’ve suffered an injury or medical condition as the result of a healthcare worker’s negligence, you have the right to file a medical malpractice claim in order to recover compensation. Working with a skilled attorney is the best way to ensure that your claim is handled successfully.

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Medical Malpractice

COVID-19 and Medical Malpractice Claims in New York State

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals are taking steps to prevent a rising number of medical malpractice claims. Healthcare workers under stress may be prone to making negligent errors, and victims have the right to pursue a claim to recover compensation.

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Medical Malpractice

How to Build a Strong Medical Malpractice Case in New York State

Recovering compensation from a medical malpractice claim in New York state can be difficult, but there are steps you can take to strengthen your case. Working with an experienced attorney is key to preparing a successful medical malpractice claim and obtaining the compensation you deserve.

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Medical Malpractice

Statute of Limitations For Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim in New York State

Medical malpractice victims typically must file claims within 2 years and 6 months of the incident. However, there are certain exceptions to this statute of limitations, such as cases involving cancer misdiagnosis, foreign objects, and more. Call an attorney to learn more.

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Medical Malpractice

Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim for Birth-Related Injury in New York

If your child was injured during the birthing process due to the negligent actions of a medical worker, you may be able to pursue a medical malpractice claim to obtain the compensation and peace of mind you deserve. Contact a skilled attorney to discuss your options.

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Medical Malpractice

3 Things You Need to Know About Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim in New York

When a medical professional fails to uphold the standard level of care, the patient has the option to take legal action in the form of pursuing a medical malpractice claim. Contact an attorney as soon as possible to determine whether your case is worth pursuing, and if so, what steps to take.

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Medical Malpractice

How to File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Following a Surgical Error in New York

When you are under the care of a medical professional, you put your health and your life in their hands. While the majority of medical …

Medical Malpractice

Doctors must meet the standard of care for patients

Patients who seek medical care expect that their doctor will help them with whatever condition they are dealing with. The standard of care is the expectation that’s set for these professionals, but that standard changes according to specific factors that are present in a case. Patients who haven’t received the care they feel they should have and have suffered damages because of it might have a claim for compensation.

The factors that go into the standard of care are based on the doctor’s training and what information is present when the diagnosis and care plans are developed. For this reason, specialists are expected to know more about conditions that fall in their field than general doctors or practitioners who specialize in other areas.

The more information a doctor has, the more targeted the diagnosis and treatment should be. You can’t reasonably expect that a doctor in a smaller rural clinic would have the same diagnostic tools and treatment options available as one who works for a large, state-of-the-art medical facility.

It is often difficult to determine what the standard of care is in these cases. When you opt to seek compensation for the breach of standard of care, you need to establish what it should have been. One way to do this is to have a medical expert testify as to what the standard of care would be in a specific case.

The issue with having a medical expert testify is that you have to find one who’s willing. The medical community is tightknit, so this can prove difficult to those who don’t already know some. Working with a medical malpractice lawyer might help you get the testimony you need to prove your case.

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Loneliness can lead to challenges for nursing home residents

Many nursing homes have programs that help keep the residents active and engaged with others. Unfortunately, there are times when residents might be unable to utilize those programs, which can lead to loneliness for them. While it might not seem like that’s a huge deal, there are some serious consequences that can come from this situation.

Residents who spend time with others are more likely to have a healthier mental state than those who spend most of their time alone. Being by themselves can lead to depression. There’s also the matter of them being unable to ask others for help if they need it.

Adults who live in long term care facilities are more likely to feel safer when they can interact with others. They feel more confident to speak up if there is a problem with the care they’re receiving. They have a chance to speak to others about what’s going on.

In some cases, social interaction helps the residents keep their mental faculties about them. Some of the activities in nursing homes, such as craft times, help the residents with their motor skills. Losing the ability to do these things can cause their abilities to decline, which is often traumatic for them.

While most people who have loved ones in nursing homes know the residents count on those activities, they also count on their family members and friends to check on them. If you discover that activities and interactions have been reduced or cancelled, try to find ways to check in with them. Unfortunately, isolation can sometimes cause an increase in nursing home abuse and neglect, so stopping those when they occur is imperative.