Medical Malpractice Lawyer
A simple medical mistake can change – and take – a life forever. While patients place their trust in their healthcare providers, at times that trust can be broken. Preventable medical errors kill or seriously injure hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. The statistics regarding medical malpractice are alarming:
- Over 1,000 deaths per day
- Approximately 40 wrong site, wrong surgery, wrong patient procedures each week
- 10,000 serious complication cases each day
- 1/3 of hospital patients experience a medical mistake
The New York medical malpractice lawyers of Jacoby and Meyers fight for those in the New York City area who have suffered as a result of a medical error. Our firm is dedicated to seeking justice for the injured.
Pursuing a Medical Malpractice Claim
There are many grounds for a medical malpractice case. Some of the more common claims focus on:
- Surgical errors
- Failure to diagnose
- Improper or incorrect medical tests
- Negligent amputations
- Cancer misdiagnosis
- Birth injuries
- Improper blood transfusions
- Delay in treatment or diagnosis
- Prescription dosage errors
- Anesthesia errors
- Failure to follow protocols
- Defective medical device
- Bowel Obstruction
- Gynecologist Medical Malpractice
- Organ Puncture, Medical Malpractice
An experienced legal team and vast resources allow us to aggressively pursue your medical malpractice claim. Our attorneys have handled many medical malpractice cases in the last 40 years. We understand the complex issues involved. Collaborating with healthcare experts, we work to prove that a medical professional’s decisions or actions were contrary to the reasonable standards of care. Jacoby and Meyers lawyers gather evidence and seek out testimony to prove your injury was caused by negligence, omission or carelessness so you can receive compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Long-term care expenses
- Pain and suffering
No Legal Fees Unless There is a Successful Settlement or Verdict
Our firm is committed to providing affordable legal representation to those in need. Jacoby and Meyers personal injury clients pay no attorneys fees until and unless we successfully settle your case or win a verdict in your favor.
If you or a loved one have suffered an injury as a result of medical malpractice, contact us today for free consultation.
Failure to Diagnose
Of all types of medical malpractice claims, diagnostic errors lead to the largest number of medical malpractice claims and are the most frequent cause of death, permanent injury, and major and minor injury.
Failure to diagnose is often linked to medical negligence. Medical negligence causes thousands of deaths every year, in fact medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the US (Journal of the American Medical Association).
Errors made by anesthesiologist could result in any number of very serious conditions, including blindness, death, and other permanent conditions.
Because anesthesiologists are trained to identify situations that may result in long term damage, they are expected to adjust treatment to prevent patient harm. Failure to do so, or failure to monitor the patient’s condition, could be considered negligence.
Other errors include incorrect dosages, using defective equipment, and errors during intubation.
Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis
Cancer misdiagnosis is surprisingly common in the US. Every year roughly 37 million women receive routine yearly mammograms. Research suggests that up to 4% of breast cancer diagnoses are incorrect. Breast cancer misdiagnosis has devastating effects for both the healthy, and those suffering from cancer.
A healthy woman diagnosed with cancer may have to undergo any number of unnecessarily invasive procedures. Those who have breast cancer but aren’t diagnosed are robbed their ability to seek treatment for the cancer, which is the second leading cause of death in women.
According to the American Cancer Society, there will be approximately 1.6 million new cancer cases in 2015, and approximately 590,000 cancer related deaths. Early detection is critical to successfully fighting this deadly disease. A misdiagnosis or misinterpretation can deprive a patient of critical treatment, putting their life at risk. Doctors may fail to order appropriate tests, dismiss complaints, or misinterpret results, which can delay treatment for months or even years – resulting in the unthinkable.
For over 40 years, Jacoby & Myers have represented thousands of clients in the New York metropolitan area winning them the money they need to take care of themselves and their families. We understand the battle you are facing and want to help. You fight the cancer, let our attorneys fight for you.
Failure to Accurately Diagnose Cancer Causes Serious Repercussions
Regardless of the type or location, all forms of cancer have one thing in common: the best chance for recovery is treatment in the early stages. Armed with today’s advanced technology, medical professionals can quickly and easily order or perform pre-cancer and early stage cancer screenings, such as mammograms, pap smears, colonoscopies, sigmoidoscopies, fecal occult blood tests, MRIs, PSA tests and more. Failure to perform these tests, or not order them in a timely manner, may constitute medical malpractice and be grounds for a cancer misdiagnosis lawsuit.
Misinterpretation of these tests is another ground for a medical malpractice claim. Health care providers may completely miss or misinterpret suspicious masses on MRIs, ultrasounds and x-rays. They can misread abnormal cells on pathology slides. These errors cause real, significant harm.
We know how to successfully investigate cases of those who have suffered from a misdiagnosis. Our skilled legal team reviews and analyzes medical records and works alongside healthcare experts to uncover evidence that shows your life threatening cancer may have been the result of a medical malpractice. As your attorneys we have one goal in mind – getting you the financial recovery you need and deserve. If you or a loved one have been the victim of a cancer misdiagnosis, contact our attorneys today to schedule a free consultation.
Differential diagnosis is defined as distinguishing a disease or condition from other diseases that have similar signs or symptoms. Differential diagnosis is sometimes grouped with other types of diagnostic mistakes, including; Misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, delayed diagnosis, failure to diagnosis a related or unrelated disease. Many conditions require very specific treatments. Without proper treatment, symptoms may worsen and cause permanent damage and could even be fatal.
If failing to accurately diagnosis your condition lead to injury or disease that could have been prevented by an accurate diagnosis you very well may be eligible to pursue a medical misdiagnosis/medical malpractice claim.
If you believe your doctor or hospital staff made a preventable error in your diagnosis which resulted in injury or death contact us today.
Medical Malpractice Frequently Asked Questions FAQs
What is medical malpractice?
If a health care professional provides substandard treatment which causes harm, injury or death to a patient, it may be labelled medical malpractice.
What are some examples of the medical malpractice errors?
Medical malpractice errors include:
- Birth Injuries
- Cancer Misdiagnosis
- Defective Medical Devices
- Failure to Diagnose
- Improper/Incorrect X-rays
- Improper Blood Transfusions
- Medical Negligence
- Medication Errors
- Anesthesia Errors
- Negligent Amputations
- Surgical Injuries
- Obstetric/Gynecological Negligence
If am not satisfied with the results of surgery, can I file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor?
An unexpected or unsatisfied result of surgery does not necessarily mean that negligence occurred. In order to file a medical malpractice case, a plaintiff has to show that the medical professional’s negligence resulted in an injury.
Can I file a medical malpractice claim against a doctor who prescribed a drug for treatment, but didn’t tell me it was part of an experimental program?
It is the physician’s duty to discuss treatment or the prescribed drug. If the drug is a part of an experimental program, you have the right to refuse to participate in it. If the doctor did not tell you that the prescribed drug was part of an experimental program, you may be able to file a case against the doctor based on his failure to obtain your “informed consent” related to the treatment. In addition, if the drug has harmed you the doctor may be held responsible.
My doctor failed to diagnose my condition; can I pursue a medical negligence claim?
If your health care provider fails to provide a basic “standard of care,” (standard of care is essentially a medical standard to which health care professionals are expected to apply in each patient interaction) he/she very well may be considered negligent. If that negligence results in injury, a worsened or preventable medical condition, or other damages, you very well may be entitled to compensation.
What should I expect if I chose to pursue a medical negligence claim?
Because medical negligence cases are often very challenging attorneys are typically very selective about the cases they’ll accept. Doing so saves the victims time and energy, instead of pursing a case that has little chance of success, the victims are able to focus their energy elsewhere. Cases that are accepted typically require an intensive investigation. The time in which it takes to actually receive compensation varies based on the specifics of the case.
How long do I have to decide if I want to file a claim?
Every state differs but most states do have a statue of limitations. If you suspect your health care provider failed to diagnose a condition that resulted in physical damages contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney today.
If you suspect your loved one is suffering at the hands of an abusive caregiver or nursing home facility, do not delay any longer.
Contact Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, through a live chat with one of our representatives, our online contact form, or at (877) 565-2993 today.
Jacoby & Meyers, LLP
39 Broadway Suite 1910,
New York, NY 10006
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