Anyone, including doctors and nurses, can make a mistake and cause an injury. When, by virtue of professional education, skill and training, a person is expected to meet certain professional standards of conduct but fails or deviates from those standards, the doctor or nurse can be sued for professional negligence. This is what medical malpractice is in a nutshell.
Professional negligence claims and lawsuits can arise against a doctor, nurse, psychiatrist, dentist, chiropractor, podiatrist, hospital, or other healthcare provider when a person is injured carelessly or negligently.
There have been important and significant changes to your rights as a result of "tort reform" in many states. When someone is determined to be legally responsible for injuring someone else, they are liable for the injury, and may be made to pay the injured person compensatory damages.
What Damages Are Available In Medical Malpractice Lawsuits?
Compensatory damages attempt to put an injured person back in the position he or she was in before being injured. In some cases, punitive damages are also awarded in these lawsuits, though rarely. Punitive damages are intended to punish wrongdoers for repeated wrongdoing or particularly egregious conduct, and to prevent them from harming others in the future.
Our lawyers handle a variety of medical malpractice claims for clients throughout New York and Georgia, including those arising out of:
- Delayed diagnosis
- Lack of informed consent
- Anesthesia errors
- Surgical errors
- Obstetric/labor and delivery errors
- Orthopedic surgical errors
- Radiological errors
- Improperly prescribed, dispensed or filled medication
- Nursing errors
- Unreasonable conduct of a physician or health care provider
- Patient neglect and nursing home abuse
We regularly expect those in the healing professions to solve problems, not create them. How do you trust the medical community after malpractice has been committed on you? How does this pile of bills get taken care of? Who is going to take care of your family? We understand.
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Our experienced attorneys will discuss your situation and go over the options available to you, as well as work with insurance companies and other parties involved in your case to make sure all your needs are handled appropriately.
If you or a loved one has been injured in New York or Atlanta, Georgia, contact us online or call us at 518-631-4139 in the Northeast or 888-324-7261 in the Southeast to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your legal options.