Medical malpractice is a particularly disturbing cause of personal injury since it stems from negligence on the part of medical professionals you trust with your care. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured by a doctor, nurse or another member of hospital staff, or by the protocols of the hospital itself, you need strong legal advocates. You require the full force of a medical malpractice legal team. If you live in New York City (Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Bronx, or Staten Island), Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, or Rockland, the Kohan Law Group can help protect your interests.
What constitutes medical malpractice?
The law acknowledges that everyone makes mistakes. But when those mistakes are not within the boundaries of those a reasonable, competent medical professional would make in a similar situation, our medical malpractice attorneys will fight to provide you with the damages you need and deserve.
Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider, as a result of deviations from accepted medical practice, incompetence, negligence, or (in rare cases) malice:
- Harms a patient
- Makes a patient’s condition deteriorate
- Causes unreasonable or unexpected complications for a patient
- Causes otherwise avoidable pain and suffering
- Necessitates that the patient obtain additional medical treatment
As your medical malpractice attorneys, we must be able to demonstrate that negligent medical care was a substantial factor in causing your serious personal injury and that your injury resulted in actual damages (e.g. increased medical costs, loss of income, pain and suffering, future care). Because demonstrating this is more complicated than it may first appear, you need the Kohan Law Group to lead the fight.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice
In most cases, your medical malpractice claim and/or lawsuit will involve one of the following:
- Misdiagnosis, Delay or Failure to Diagnose
Although many illnesses are difficult to diagnose, particularly those with symptoms similar to other conditions, qualified professionals should timely administer the proper diagnostic tests to distinguish between them. This is often referred to as a “differential diagnosis” to rule out particular and more serious conditions. Undiagnosed, untimely diagnosed, or incorrectly diagnosed conditions or diseases can lead to dangerous, damaging, unneeded treatment, and leave the original health problem unaddressed. Diagnostic errors occur in all areas of medicine, including cancer (oncology), cardiology, pediatrics, gastroenterology, orthopedics, neurology, gynecology, and other specialties such as pharmaceutical, nursing, chiropractic, podiatric, and dental care.
- Prescription Errors
Unfortunately, on Long Island, New York City, and elsewhere, prescription errors occur all too frequently. Whether due to doctors’, nurses’, physician assistants’, pharmacists’ or even drug manufacturers’ mistakes, patients may be harmed by being given the wrong medication or having a drug incorrectly administered. Prescription errors are often due to poor recordkeeping or poor communication among hospital personnel.
- Surgical Errors
Surgical errors occur because the surgeon is inept, inexperienced, fatigued, impaired or distracted. Whatever the reason, it can be permanently disabling, disfiguring or fatal if a surgeon operates on the wrong body part/wrong side of the body, neglects to diagnose a secondary condition, punctures a vital organ, leaves a foreign object in the patient’s body or removes too much or too little tissue. Also, if the operating room or instruments are not properly sterilized or ventilated, the patient may develop severe complications such as an infection or a respiratory disease.
- Birth Injuries
Perhaps most heartbreaking of all types of medical malpractice are obstetrical errors like misuse of forceps or delayed C-sections. These and other errors can result in birth injuries, such as cerebral palsy or hypoxia (oxygen deprivation), and/or premature or delayed birth. These injuries often condemn an infant to a life of pain or disability, or lead to premature death.
- Anesthesia Errors
Anesthesia errors usually involve: allergic reactions (often due to failure of doctors to thoroughly review the patient’s medical history), the administration of too much or too little anesthesia, or the failure to monitor the patient carefully enough during the procedure. Anesthesiologists are often more likely to be responsible for such mistakes than surgeons themselves.
Why Having a Skilled Medical Malpractice Attorney Is Crucial to Your Case
Medical malpractice cases are complex and should be fought by experienced medical malpractice attorneys to induce a favorable outcome. At Kohan Law Group, our attorneys are experienced in the courtroom and empathic during interactions with clients. When you come to us, you are assured of receiving the individualized attention we are known for.
We will make sure that:
- All necessary documents are filed within the statute of limitations
- Expert medical witnesses are recruited to provide testimony to bolster your case
- We find out if the responsible party has previously defended a medical malpractice suit
- The appropriate person or entity is held accountable for your injury
- You pay no attorneys’ fees unless we obtain compensation for you
We Are Prepared to Fight Aggressively to Obtain Maximum Damages
Our medical malpractice attorneys firmly believe that, as a victim of medical malpractice, you should receive every dollar you are entitled to by law. We will calculate the damages related to your injury, or to the wrongful death of a loved one, not only in the present but in the future, including:
- Medical and rehabilitation costs
- Loss of income and loss of earning power
- Psychological counseling
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability or disfigurement
- Loss of support and companionship
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Contact Our Experienced Medical Malpractice Lawyers Now
As soon as you consult with us, we will evaluate your matter to make certain you have a viable case. If so, we will begin working on your claim immediately. We have won significant damages for our medical malpractice clients and would like nothing better than to get you the financial compensation and support you need to protect your family and secure your future. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.