Types of Medical Malpractice

NY Medical Errors Lawyers

The concept of medical malpractice is broad and encompasses nearly every negligent error that could be made by a healthcare professional. Medical malpractice law expands to all areas of medicine and is not limited to doctor errors. Surgeons, obstetricians, dentists and pharmacists are all required to exhibit a certain standard of care, so as to prevent harm to their patients.

Not every medical error, adverse reaction or surgical complication is a result of medical malpractice, as there is always an inherent risk with any form of treatment or procedure. At Block O'Toole & Murphy, our New York medical malpractice attorneys have the knowledge and resources to determine whether your injuries were the result of a poor outcome or medical negligence.

If you were injured during medical treatment, our malpractice lawyers in New York will perform an initial evaluation of your claim to determine whether your doctor, nurse or other health care professional is responsible for your injuries. Complete our online form or call 212-736-5300 for a FREE, no-obligation consultation.

Our New York medical negligence lawyers handle injury cases stemming from several types of medical malpractice, including, but not limited to the following:

Misdiagnosis/ Failure to Diagnose : A misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose can prevent a patient from catching their disease early, when it is most responsive to treatment. Failure to order a necessary diagnostic test, misinterpretation of lab results and ignoring a patient's complaints are costly mistakes that can be particularly devastating in cases of rapidly progressive illnesses. Commonly misdiagnosed conditions include lung cancer, breast cancer and heart attacks.

Birth Injury : A birth injury typically results from prolonged labor, improper use of forceps, breech delivery or oxygen deprivation. Most birth injuries, such as swelling or bruising, are not serious and heal with little treatment. However, serious birth injuries, including cerebral palsy, can leave a child permanently disabled, placing a heavy financial burden on the infant's parents.

Surgical Errors : Wrong site surgery, medication errors, organ puncture and use of unsanitary surgical tools are common forms of surgical errors. Many surgical mistakes occur when a doctor misreads a medical chart, neglects to review medical instructions or improperly clears a patient for surgery. In the most serious cases, surgical errors can result in a loss of function, disfigurement or death.

Medication Errors : Prescription errors can result from medication mix-ups and other types of medical negligence. Mistakes that may cause medication errors include prescribing an incorrect dosage, not considering a patient's age or medical history when prescribing medicine, disregarding allergies or similar negligent actions that can affect a patient's health while taking a drug. Medication errors can occur in hospitals, doctors' offices and pharmacies and are one of the most easily traceable types of medical malpractice.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to medical negligence, contact our New York medical malpractice attorneys today by filling out the FREE case review form on this page. Our medical malpractice lawyers in New York offer this case evaluation at no cost to you and can determine whether you are eligible to recover compensation from the parties responsible for your injuries. Serving Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and all of NYC and New York State.

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