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Did Your Doctor Make a Mistake? What to Do

  • May 6, 2016

The recent study by Johns Hopkins University that medical errors are the number three cause of the death in the United States is shocking. We at the firm of STENGER, ROBERTS, DAVIS & DIAMOND, have been representing victims of doctor errors for years, and know the tragedies and prevalence of the problem.

If you or a loved one are one of the far too many people victimized by Medical Malpractice, call our firm to discuss the situation. Phone calls and meetings to discuss your case are free.

Doctors make mistakes. It is an unfortunately reality, and one that leaves thousands of patients suffering from avoidable illnesses and injuries every year. In a recent study, researchers found that doctors in New York were disciplined for serious medical errors at a rate that was just about half of the national average. Although this may initially sound like a good thing (less discipline must mean less mistakes, right?), the researchers concluded that this lack of discipline likely reflects a lack of standards and not a lack of mistakes.

If you have been harmed by a medical error, what should you do? While disciplinary actions may help prevent additional patients from suffering as a result of a doctor’s mistakes, they do little to protect patients who have already been harmed. As the victim of a doctor’s negligence, you may be able to seek compensation through a claim for medical malpractice.

What is Medical Malpractice?

In New York, patients are entitled to expect a certain level of care. Doctors don’t have to be perfect, but they do have to provide care that meets the standards of their particular medical community. When a doctor makes a mistake that falls below the applicable standard, this can constitute medical malpractice.

How Do I Know if I Have a Claim?

As a patient, it can be difficult to know if you have a claim for malpractice. Some forms of medical malpractice are fairly obvious – like leaving a surgical sponge in a patient’s body. But, in other cases, it isn’t so clear. For example, if you got sick after seeing your doctor, should your doctor have spotted the warning signs and provided preventive treatment? Or, was there truly nothing that your doctor could have done to diagnose your condition based on the symptoms you presented?

These types of questions can only be answered by qualified medical experts. At Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP, we work closely with trusted physicians who can help assess your claim.

What Compensation Can I Recover?

At a high level, medical malpractice victims are entitled to financial compensation for all of their losses arising out of their doctor’s mistake. This includes not only their medical bills for corrective treatment, but lost wages, pain and suffering, and other economic and noneconomic damages In many cases, this amounts to significant compensation. Learn more about the financial compensation available in New York medical malpractice claims.

What Do I Need to Do to Protect My Rights?

If you believe that you may be suffering as a result of medical malpractice, the most important thing that you can do is speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Each situation is unique, and an experienced medical malpractice attorney will be able to assess your situation, and help you take all of the steps necessary to protect your legal rights.

Speak with a Medical Malpractice Attorney at Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP

With offices in Poughkeepsie and Wappingers Falls, the attorneys at Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP represent individuals throughout the Hudson Valley who have been harmed by their doctors’ mistakes. If you would like to speak with an attorney about filing a medical malpractice claim, we invite you to schedule a free, confidential consultation. To get started, call us at (866) 290-6929 or request your free consultation online now.

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