According to an analysis carried out by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), medical errors could be the third leading cause of death in the United States. All it can take is a single mistake or act of negligence to forever change your life or that of someone you love. Regardless of whether or not the act was intentional, victims of medical malpractice deserve to be compensated.

Although the common assumption is that most medical malpractice actions arise from operating room incidents that end in injury or death, these cases are the minority. Most lawsuits are instigated by negligent acts or omissions like the following:

  • Misdiagnosis of an illness
  • Delayed diagnosis
  • Failure of hospital personnel to follow correct treatment procedures or test protocols
  • Prescribing a drug that is incompatible with the patient’s condition

It is important to note that sometimes medical and surgical treatment do not have the curative effect originally hoped for. This is not the same thing as medical malpractice, which is an injury or even death caused by health care provider negligence.

Examples of medical malpractice

Doctors, medical professionals and hospitals have been held responsible for death or injury-causing incidents such as:

  • Hospital malpractice: Includes injuries, illness or death due to hospital-related issues such as medical equipment malfunction, improperly trained personnel, and substandard safety and sanitation practices.
  • Emergency room negligence: Failure to diagnose or treat patients when they arrive in the emergency room. In many instances, these patients were discharged without receiving the care they needed.
  • Surgical mistakes: Operating room errors can injure and even kill patients. Mistakes can be due to doctor negligence, miscommunication during the procedure, poorly trained staff, or failure to follow proper safety protocols.
  • Anesthesia administration errors: When administered incorrectly, anesthesia can cause allergic reactions, nerve damage, and other life-altering complications.
  • Birth injuries: Delivery room negligence can result in serious injuries and lifelong disability for both mother and child. Lack of oxygen to the brain can cause permanent damage, and if the baby’s shoulder is stuck in the birth canal, injury to the brachial plexus can result.
  • Failure to diagnose critical illness: Healthcare professionals have a duty to diagnose and treat critical conditions such as cancer in a diligent and timely manner. A missed diagnosis can substantially harm patient prognosis and result in significant injury.
  • Medication mistakes: Prescribing or administering the wrong medication or dosage, resulting in dangerous reactions. There are more than 1.5 million reports of medication mistakes in the U.S. every year, many of which caused serious injuries.

If you have been left injured or seriously ill due to negligence or errors on the part of a doctor or hospital, then an experienced New York medical malpractice attorney will help you seek and obtain compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost income, and related costs. Jayson Lutzky is a Bronx, NY lawyer with over 31 years of experience practicing laws. He offers free consultations to clients that may have experienced medical malpractice. Call 718-514-6619 to set up a consultation and visit to learn more.