Medical malpractice occurs when a hospital, doctor, health care professional, or other health care facility fails to care for a patient up to the standards of the profession. As a result, the person usually becomes ill, or illness worsens, or they’re injured. Here at Tannenbaum, Bellantone, & Silver, P.C., we understand the toll this type of experience can take on someone. If you have experienced medical malpractice or know anyone that has, please contact a Medical malpractice lawyer Long Island.
Elements of a medical malpractice case
To win a medical malpractice case, you will need to show that:
- You were under the care of some sort of medical professional.
- At some point, while diagnosing, treating, and or advising you, the doctor failed to act as a doctor should.
- This failure of action led to a worsened condition. Illness or injury.
- A doctor tells you that you broke your arm but didn’t put the cast on properly. The fracture heals improperly, and you can no longer flex your arm correctly.
- A doctor makes a correct diagnosis but prescribes the wrong medication exacerbating your condition.
- A doctor makes the correct diagnosis and prescribes what would be the correct medication; however, they overlook your chart and miss an allergy to the medication causing violent illness.
Misdiagnosis/failure to diagnosis:
- You go to the doctor with mouth discomfort. They prescribe you medication without biopsying a suspicious growth under your tongue. 6 months later, you go to another doctor and find out you have cancer.
- You schedule a surgery to have a finger amputated and end up having your entire hand amputated.
- You go to the doctor to have polyps removed from your throat, and the doctor misses one. Months later, it turns to cancer.
- You have a successful surgery, but upon sewing, you up the doctor leaves a sponge inside your body, causing infection.
- You receive cornea surgery, but the doctor uses the wrong procedure, which results in blindness.
Failure to inform of the risks of a specific procedure:
- Medical procedures have risks. Doctors are required to inform you of those risks so you can make an informed decision on consent. If your doctor does not inform you and the risk associated with the procedure occurs, you can sue for medical malpractice.
Medical Malpractice Lawyer Long Island
Medical malpractice can be a tricky and often difficult situation. Contact a Medical malpractice lawyer Long Island, and we can guide you through the process and help you get the relief you’re entitled to.