Who knows how many people in New York will undergo surgery this year. It's safe to assume there will be many. Reasons for surgery will likely vary, from elective procedures to life-or-death emergency situations. One thing's certain, however: Patients entrusting themselves to professional medical care have the right to reasonably assume all measures taken will be in accordance with the highest level of accepted safety standards. Otherwise, medical malpractice incidents may occur.
When a person undergoes surgery or receives some other type of medical treatment at a New York hospital or doctor's office, it's assumed those providing the care will act in accordance with the highest levels of accepted safety standards. While there's always a certain amount of risk inherent in any medical procedure, a patient has the right to reasonably expect safe and adequate care. Substandard care may result in severe injury or illness to patients, which often leads to medical malpractice lawsuits.
Many New York residents understand how stressful it is to be told heart surgery is needed to survive. Any type of surgical procedure involves a certain amount of risk. Some surgeries, such as those involving the heart, are inherently more dangerous than others. When surgeons are negligent, severe injuries often occur, leading to medical malpractice lawsuits.
The hours and days following a baby's birth are crucial in that the child's overall well-being is assessed and the mother is given the precious opportunity to bond with and nurture her child. Sadly, some after-birth experiences in New York do not go as planned. Nursing negligence and other medical malpractice situations often result in injuries to either babies and/or their mothers.
Any person undergoing medical treatment or surgical procedures in New York might assume that if a doctor or nurse makes a mistake, he or she will inform the patient as soon as possible. Recent data suggests the likelihood of this occurring is next to none. Most doctors surveyed reportedly said they would they hide mistakes. Moreover, they would not even apologize to a patient out of concern about potential medical malpractice claims.
Many medical patients in New York may relate to those in other states who have suffered injury, illness and/or economic loss due to substandard medical care. As part of a recent federal whistle-blower lawsuit, two patients agreed to settle their cases. Representatives for the defendants continue to deny medical malpractice allegations.
A medical board in another state has sought administrative action against a plastic surgeon. The situation has developed based upon hearings some months ago regarding complaints from several women who claimed he botched their surgeries. It's not clear if the women filed separate claims for medical malpractice in civil court. Nevertheless, the administrative law judge concluded the state proved six counts of nine against the surgeon. Sadly, many New York medical patients may relate to this situation.
A young mother in a state outside New York was horrified when she saw her 19-month-old daughter put a remote control device in her mouth. A battery from the device fell out and the mother's efforts to extract the battery from her child's mouth proved unsuccessful. The child swallowed the button-shaped battery. Her parents have since filed a medical malpractice claim in connection with the incident.
Many patients in New York and throughout the nation have suffered injuries due to substandard medical care. Such situations often lead to medical malpractice lawsuits filed against one or more parties, depending on the circumstances. A woman in another state recently filed such a claim after suffering severe injury she claims was due to a medical error.
Any person in New York or elsewhere who seeks medical attention of any kind obviously places a certain amount of trust in those providing care. Each year, thousands of people are injured through medical malpractice. Some of these injuries are minor while others are far more serious, perhaps even debilitating.