New York Medical Malpractice Lawyers
We trust doctors, surgeons, nurses and other health workers to care for us when we’re sick, injured and vulnerable. But what happens if a medical professional is careless or negligent? What happens if they injure or sicken you when they have been trusted to care for, treat and heal you?
As medical malpractice lawyers, The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC encounter many cases involving this precise type of scenario, and the impact can be devastating not just in terms of your physical health and wellness, but also in terms of your mental and emotional health. It’s difficult to realize that a medical professional’s negligence has caused you harm. It’s even more challenging if you find yourself in a situation where you must trust another physician to remedy the damage. Our legal team also handles medical malpractice cases that have resulted in a wrongful death.
Attorneys dealing in medical malpractice have considerable knowledge in two very complex areas: law and medicine. Lawyers with The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC leverage more than 100 years of collective experience as we strive to find justice for our clients. Our objective is to help you to get the compensation you deserve for your pain, suffering, and other losses. If you’re ready to consult a New York medical malpractice lawyer about your case, contact our legal team today for a confidential, no-cost consultation. Call 877-MSL-4LAW.
Common Questions Concerning New York Medical Malpractice Cases
At The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, our attorneys routinely receive questions concerning medical malpractice incidents and medical mistakes. Our legal team has compiled some information on a few of the most common questions that our clients ask on this topic.
What’s Considered Medical Malpractice in New York?
Attorneys dealing in medical malpractice encounter a vast array of different situations and scenarios.
In New York, medical malpractice is defined as a medical error that falls below the “accepted standard of care.” This typically results in some form of harm, injury, disease, illness or death. A medical malpractice case could involve a situation where a physician fails to thoroughly review diagnostic test results, resulting in a misdiagnosis or a failure to make the proper diagnosis. A surgeon may fail to follow proper surgical protocol, leading to a mistake that causes infection and permanent disfigurement. A dentist could make a careless mistake, such as extracting the wrong tooth. A case could involve a physician who makes the wrong diagnosis due to a failure to perform appropriate bloodwork and diagnostic testing. A nurse may fail to confirm a patient’s name and birthdate prior to giving them a medication while hospitalized, resulting in serious and adverse effects on the patient’s health.
Some cases are extreme, whereby a surgeon operates on the wrong body part, performs the wrong procedure or the surgeon accidentally leaves a tool or surgical sponge inside the body, resulting in serious health effects.
Other cases of medical malpractice may be more subtle. Symptoms and effects can take months or even years to become apparent. In these cases, the incidence of medical malpractice may only be discovered when another physician discovers or confirms evidence of the medical error.
Medical malpractice may also result in devastating birth injuries, which may be associated with a profound, lifelong impact. An experienced birth injury attorney can work to help you get compensation for the child’s pain and suffering, along with money to cover their health care and other expenses that will be incurred as you work to help the child reach their full potential.
In addition, New York law allows for medical malpractice lawsuits against nurses, dentists, medical technicians, physician’s assistants, anesthesiologists, physical therapists and pharmacists, amongst others.
Can I Get Punitive Damages in a New York Medical Malpractice Case?
Unlike compensatory damages, which are intended to compensate the victim for losses, punitive damages are more akin to a fine, as they serve as a form of punishment to the defendant, while benefitting the plaintiff.
Punitive damages are typically awarded in more extreme cases involving gross negligence, with reckless, wanton or malicious conduct. New York has a very high standard for punitive damages in medical malpractice cases.
In many instances where punitive damages are awarded, the medical professional’s actions are just shy of criminal. So there are some cases where punitive damages may be appropriate. For this reason, it’s important to speak with one of our medical malpractice attorneys to discuss your case.
How Much Will it Cost to Hire a Medical Malpractice Attorney?
Medical malpractice lawyers typically accept cases on a contingency basis, which means that there is no up-front retainer fee. Instead, the attorney collects their fee from the jury award or settlement.
In many cases, the defendant may also be ordered to pay the plaintiff’s legal fees, including court costs.
Our Elite Team of Personal Injury Attorneys Represent New York Medical Malpractice Cases
A medical mistake or another case of medical malpractice can be devastating both physically and psychologically. Some cases are even fatal. We take medical malpractice lawsuits very seriously, as we strive to find justice for patients who are harmed at the hands of a trusted medical professional.
If you or a loved one suffered injury or experienced a wrongful death from a medical mistake or another case of medical malpractice, lawyers with The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC are ready to assist. We invite you to contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation case consultation by calling 877-MSL-4LAW.
What you need to know…
Despite profound medical advances, birth injuries are still far too frequent. Six out of every thousand babies born in the U.S. suffer a birth injury, or about 25,000 each year. However, about twelve million adults each year in the U.S. are misdiagnosed in doctors’ offices and medical clinics – the overwhelming majority of medical malpractice incidents. Pharmacy prescription errors are also responsible for far too many injuries and fatalities. Surgical errors, while the least common type of medical malpractice, are usually the most catastrophic.