New York Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Medical malpractice is the act in which a doctor, surgeon, or other licensed healthcare provider acts negligently, causing injury or death in a patient. Patients expect a timely diagnosis of a medical problem along with proper treatment. In some cases a delay in diagnosis may have serious consequences to the patient and may affect their quality of life. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a medical error or medical negligence contact an attorney immediately.
Doctors and other medical staff are professionals and respected by the community. It is their duty to safely and correctly treat patients with the individual's best interest and health in mind. Some types of medical negligence may be:
- Delay in diagnosis
- Anesthesia error
- Improper consent before a medical procedure
- Surgical error
- Failure to diagnose a medical condition
- Improper treatment of an illness or disease
- Birth injury, including Cerebral Palsy and brain damage
- Prescription drug error
In the state, injured victims have two and a half years to file a medical malpractice claim. Certain medical malpractice situations have different time frames, so consult an attorney as soon as possible.
Medical malpractice is considered an epidemic that continues to spread in the United States today. Here are some U.S. statistics:
- Every year there are more deaths as a result of medical errors than AIDS, breast cancer, and auto accidents combined.
- Every year over 1.3 million people are injured due to medication errors.
- Every year up to 98,000 people may die in hospitals from medical errors.
Healthcare providers, including, doctors, chiropractors, dentists, nurses, and hospitals need to be held accountable for the pain and suffering that they create after performing medical negligence or malpractice. The attorneys at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP have the legal knowledge and unending dedication to assist you in your injury claim.
In one case, our firm obtained an $8.5 million verdictfor a 62 year-old man who suffered a stroke following a delay in surgery and discontinuance of his prescription of Heparin, a drug which prevents blood clotting. Following his stroke, which could have been avoided with timely surgery, the plaintiff was confined to a wheelchair and was left virtually unable to speak. With the subsequent settlement proceeds, the plaintiff bought a new home designed and equipped specifically to enable him to care for himself. This was one of the largest medical malpractice verdicts ever in Westchester County. (Click here to read more about this case.)
In another medical malpractice case, partner Philip Russotti obtained the highest verdict in any personal injury case in Putnam County. The plaintiff claimed that the defendant, an orthopedic surgeon, failed to take a biopsy before performing surgery to remove a suspected Baker's cyst. The defendant proceeded with surgery despite signs on MRI that the growth might be malignant and a recommendation from the non-party radiologist that a biopsy be performed. The plaintiff required an above-the-knee amputation which involved the removal of most of the right femur. The jury found that the defendant deviated from acceptable medical practice and awarded the plaintiff over $6.2 Million in damages. (Click here to read more about this case.)
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of medical malpractice, contact a lawyer at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP.
NY Medical Malpractice Verdicts & Settlements
$16 Million - Medical Malpractice: 2 Brain Damage Cases
$10.7 Million - Medical Malpractice: Delayed Treatment
$10.2 Million - Medical Malpractice: Infant Brain Damage
$8.5 Million - Medical Malpractice: Stroke Victim
$6.6 Million - Medical Malpractice: Spinal Surgery
$6.15 Million - Medical Malpractice: Medical Negligence
$6.15 Million - Medical Malpractice: Doctor Negligence
$4.5 Million - Medical Malpractice: Failure to Diagnose
$4.25 Million - Medical Malpractice: Medication Error
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