Medical malpractice is a costly mistake. If someone is treated by a physician and that doctor deviates from the normal standard of care of his or her profession, then that doctor may have committed medical malpractice. For example, if a surgeon leaves sponges or other foreign materials inside a patient, then that surgeon may have committed medical malpractice. In that incident, the injured patient may be able to sue the surgeon or his or her employer for monetary damages related to the incident, such as medical bills, pain and past and future suffering and lost wages. It is important to note that treatment from avoidable conditions may cost our government money. For example, if a Medicare patient gets bedsores or an infection in a hospital, then additional, potentially costly, treatment is needed. Then, Medicare may have to pay for this treatment. As a result, Medicare has denied payment for some procedures to fix avoidable injuries. This payment denial began in 2008 according to a June 23, 2014 NPR article.

Now, the federal government is expanding this idea of non-payment for preventable injuries to include infections. Medicare administrators have examined hospital data and think that many infections are avoidable can even end up developing into a complication. This is not only costly to Medicare, but painful to patients. As a result, Medicare has set up stringent infection-free targets for hospitals. These targets, which take into account the hospitals size and location, will decrease the amount of money that Medicare pays hospitals that do not meet their infection target annually. As Medicare is a large insurer, it is hoped that hospitals will increase their standards of care with respect to avoidable conditions as they will now have both a financial and medical obligation.

If you or a loved one was injured at the hands of a doctor, then you may be entitled to a large cash settlement to help pay for monetary damages related to the malpractice injury. You should discuss your options with a qualified attorney as each case is different. Jayson Lutzky has over 31 years of experience practicing law in New York and has helped obtain millions for his clients. Mr. Lutzky offers free in office consultations. Call 718-514-6619 to set up an appointment. Home or hospital consultations are available in the case of a severe injury. Visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com for more information.