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Medical malpractice is among top 3 primary causes of death

The number of wrongful death lawsuits filed in New York and other states each year is reported to be significantly less than the number of medical errors that occur. Estimated numbers of deaths nationwide due to medical negligence or errors exceed 250,000, but the number of lawsuits claiming medical malpractice does not come near that amount. This might be because many victims of medical errors are unsure about the viability of their claims.

Not all adverse medical outcomes constitute medical malpractice

Anybody in New York whose medical condition does not improve -- or worsens -- after treatment by medical professionals might have questions about his or her legal rights. However, medical malpractice is a complicated field of the law, and negligence does not cause all adverse outcomes. Medical malpractice happens when a doctor or medical facility is negligent in a way that causes harm to a patient.

5-year-old's injuries lead to medical malpractice claim

Health care providers in New York and across the country have rules by which they care and treat patients, known as the standard of care. Claims of medical malpractice or negligence are typically based upon al alleged breach of that standard. If a substandard level of care caused harm to patients, medical care providers might be held responsible.

Medical malpractice: TV chat show producers sued by guest

"The Doctors" is a TV chat show during which a panel of medical professionals and an audience interact to discuss topics related to health and illness. The show's producers are facing a negligence lawsuit after arranging for a plastic surgeon with several medical malpractice claims against him to perform surgery on a guest of the show. New York residents might know Jenelle Butler as an influencer with many social media followers, a successful fitness business, corporate partnerships and an established clothing line.

Lawsuit alleges medical malpractice led to journalist's death

Statutes of limitations for wrongful death vary from state to state, and while New York state laws allow two years for such claims to be filed, other states could allow less or more time. As with most laws, exceptions exist. On Feb. 15, 2014, Angelo Henderson, an award-winning journalist, died from venous thromboembolism. A wrongful death lawsuit, alleging medical malpractice, was recently filed in another state on behalf of his family. The defendants include the medical facility and the surgeon who was involved in his treatment.

What to do before filing medical malpractice lawsuit

It is not uncommon for someone in New York or elsewhere to be in worse health after medical treatment than before. When this happens, it is only natural to want to hold the doctor or other health care provider accountable for damages. However, medical malpractice is a complicated field of the law, and it might be sensible to seek legal counsel from the onset.

Medical malpractice claims must meet 4 elements to be valid

What are the legal options for people who have suffered severe health damages as the result of the negligent conduct of medical professionals? Each year, thousands of people nationwide, including New York, pursue claims for financial relief to cover damages caused by medical malpractice. However, unfavorable outcomes do not necessarily constitute viable medical malpractice lawsuits, and the patient must prove four legal elements.

Medical malpractice: Neil Armstrong's family settles claim -- $6M

Most New Yorkers trust doctors with their lives because of their extensive training and the Hippocratic Oath physicians must take. Unfortunately, that trust is sometimes misplaced and keeps many people from asking questions or expressing their concerns about medical procedures or treatment. The medical malpractice claim that followed the death of an American icon underscores the importance of patients being fully informed of their choices and the potential outcomes of proposed surgical procedures.

A lack of information can lead to medical malpractice claims

The civil courts of New York deal with all kinds of personal injury claims, many of them involving allegations of surgical negligence. Not everybody realizes that they are entitled to get answers to their questions before undergoing scheduled surgical procedures. Medical malpractice claims might be avoided if patients ask the right questions and understand the risks they face.

Fertility clinic faces medical malpractice claim

A New York couple struggled for years to become pregnant. After seeing an online advertisement for a fertility clinic in another state, they invested $100,000 in its services. Doctors were to use the embryos of the couple for the treatment. However, the clinic is now facing a medical malpractice lawsuit that was filed by the couple who claims that the wife gave birth to twins that are of a different race.

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