Poughkeepsie Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Providing You with Experienced Legal Representation in New York
Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional, hospital, or clinic fails to provide the accepted standard of care which leads to patient injury or harm. Unfortunately, medical errors have become more common in this country than is acceptable. According to a study conducted by Johns Hopkins University, more than 250,000 Americans die annually from medical mistakes or negligence. This statistic places medical malpractice as the third leading cause of death for people in the U.S. Another sad fact is that few of these people ever pursue justice through legitimate legal claims or receive the compensation which they deserve. Most have little understanding that they have been victimized.
At McCabe, Coleman, Ventosa & Patterson PLLC, our personal injury attorneys understand the gravity of medical malpractice cases. You have entrusted your health and often your life to the care of medical professionals who, due to negligence, have not only failed but caused you additional harm. This can lead to further pain and suffering, emotional trauma, financial loss, and failing health. Our firm is here to help you fight back. As a large law firm in our general area with 200 years of combined experience on the part of our legal team, we will use all of our resources to help you seek the justice you deserve in the wake of medical incompetence.
Harmed by medical negligence? Talk to a Poughkeepsie medical malpractice attorney at (845) 209-1355 about your situation in a free, initial consultation.
Medical malpractice can occur in a variety of ways which can lead to a valid legal claim against the negligent party. These medical errors can be committed by doctors, surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, therapists, psychologists, dentists, pharmacists, and any other professional working in the medical or dental fields.
Examples of medical error and negligence includes:
- Delayed diagnosis
- Surgical errors, such operating on the wrong body part, the wrong patient, or leaving surgical instruments behind in the body
- Treatment that is improper or improperly administrated
- Failure to properly warn the patient of known risks involved with recommended treatment
- Anesthesia errors
- Wrong prescription drugs given or wrong dosage or wrong way of administering
- Birth injuries, including cerebral palsy, brain damage, Erb’s palsy
The above are common examples but any time a medical professional fails to apply care that adheres to accepted standards and it leads to your injury or harm, it may be grounds for a claim. The medical professional in charge may be held responsible for all of the damages you have suffered as a result.
Damages in Medical Malpractice Claims
Damages generally are broken down into two types. These consist of economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages are those that can be more easily calculated in financial terms,such as lost wages or income, additional medical expenses of treatments required due to the medical mistake (such as additional surgeries or long-term care), and other monetary or out-of-pocket costs associated with the medical mistake made. Non-economic damages are generally less easy to calculate as they are based on intangible losses, such as pain and suffering and loss of consortium which relates to how your spouse or family have been deprived of affection, companionship, or other intangible benefits.
How McCabe, Coleman, Ventosa & Patterson PLLC Can Help
Medical malpractice claims are complex legal matters that involve special rules and procedures. Expert testimony by other professionals and practitioners is generally key to any malpractice claim. This testimony would be from another professional who has experience in the medical field related to the case. Often, special medical review panels are required to review the evidence of your claim before any trial may begin to determine the validity of your claim that malpractice has occurred.
Malpractice claims are time-consuming and highly technical. Our firm can provide the assistance needed to analyze your situation and help you safely navigate the process in search of the compensation for damages your claim deserves.
Get the legal assistance you need. Call (845) 209-1355 today. Hablamos español.