When people suffer injury or harm because of mistakes made by medical professionals, they have the right to pursue compensation for their losses by filing a medical malpractice claim. It is common for patients to file malpractice claims for:
The number of malpractice claims filed in New York City is on the rise. According to the New York City Comptroller’s Office, a review of the 11 flagship city hospitals shows that local malpractice claims have grown from 495 in 2013 to 521 so far in 2015. The increase in malpractice claims could be a sign that more mistakes are being made or that patients have more access to information about their legal rights.
To present a successful malpractice claim, a plaintiff must first prove that the doctor owed them a duty of care. That is usually proved by showing that a patient was under a particular doctor’s or hospital’s care when they were injured or harmed. Then, you must prove that your doctor, nurse, or surgeon acted outside the realm of normal behavior, given the circumstances.
If egregious or avoidable mistakes have been made, you may be able to pursue compensation for your injuries. Proving that the harm you suffered was a result of negligence may require testimony from a skilled medical professional and evidence gathered by a malpractice attorney.
A New York City medical malpractice attorney can help protect your rights and get the support you need. Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP can help.
Contact us at (212) 986- 7353.