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December 29, 2021

What is a Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice is a common legal term and is also one of the most complicated to understand.

Medical Malpractice can be broken down into four general categories: system failure, diagnostic errors, medication errors, and surgical errors. 

  1. System failures occur when a hospital, clinic or other healthcare facility fails to provide appropriate care due to equipment failure or lack of qualified personnel. 
  2. Diagnostic errors happen when a physician misses a diagnosis or misdiagnoses a condition. 
  3. Medication errors occur when a physician gives the incorrect dosage, an outdated batch of drugs, drugs that don't interact well with another drug being taken simultaneously, or gives the wrong drug altogether. 
  4. Surgical mistakes include any mistake that occurred during surgery

A study found that 1 in 4 patients admitted to the hospital has a medication error related to their care. The study also found that 80% of these errors are not caught before the patient leaves the hospital.

Medical malpractice is an act or omission by a physician, surgeon, or other healthcare provider that deviates from the accepted standard of care and causes injury to the patient.


What is the Legal Process of a Medical Malpractice Claim?

Medical malpractice is the act of negligence or other faults by a healthcare professional. The legal process of a medical malpractice claim usually starts with the victim filing a formal complaint to an appropriate authority.

A medical malpractice claim can be filed in court in Queens, NY for civil actions, or before an administrative agency for disciplinary action. The statute of limitations for filing a claim in NY is usually within three years from the date of injury or one year after discovery, whichever is later.

Do I Need To Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?

If you think that you were injured because of the negligence of a medical professional, then you may want to hire a Queens personal injury lawyer to help you with your case.

Many people, especially those who have never been injured before, find themselves wondering if they should hire someone for such a grievous event. The answer is often yes if the injury is severe enough and the negligence was not accidental.

A personal injury lawyer can help determine if one's injuries stem from the negligence of another and pursue justice on their behalf. Determining negligence in a medical malpractice case is not an easy task and only an experienced malpractice lawyer will be able to build a case strong enough to win. They can also be hired for other types of accidents that do not involve medical malpractice and seek compensation on behalf of their clients.

If you experience any injury during any type of medical treatment or you believe a doctor was at fault then get a free consultation today:

Ribowsky Law 109-12 Jamaica Ave, Richmond Hill, NY 11418 (718) 659-5333   https://www.mrinjurylawyerny.com/

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