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Medical Malpractice – When Should I Hire an Attorney?

When a patient suffers an injury due to an error on the part of a hospital, doctor, or other licensed health-care professional, this negligence is classified as medical malpractice. These mistakes and missteps may take shape as diagnostic blunders, inaccurate treatment of a condition or disease, incompetence or carelessness in continuing health management, or neglectful attention in aftercare.

It is important to note that an unfavorable outcome is not enough to establish medical malpractice, however. Did the doctor or facility fail to provide appropriate and acceptable medical care to their patient? Is there sufficient evidence to support that malpractice was committed as a result of their neglect or incompetence? Was there a professional medical relationship expectation that existed between the injured party and the offending party(s) that was breached? Is there any corroborating testimony or proof that will affirm in court that malpractice was committed and a substantial factor in causing the patient’s injuries?

Medical malpractice can present in several ways. These may include a failure to diagnose serious illnesses or conditions (including cancer), thereby misdiagnosing and/or failing to order proper testing, mistakes made during a surgical procedure, misreading diagnostic imagery including x-rays, MRI/CT scans, mammograms, PAP smears, etc., misappropriation or outright errors in dispensing prescriptions, and premature discharging of patients in their care. If you or a loved one have experienced any of these events, you may wish to consult a personal injury attorney with Daniella Levi & Associates, P.C.
In order to establish liability in a medical malpractice case, it is imperative to prove that a doctor or other health care provider deviated from the usual and customary standard of care and that this deviation from the standard of care directly resulted in causing harm to the patient. Doing so on your own can prove difficult, time-consuming, and expensive. Doctors and hospitals have well-established insurance companies who specialize in deflecting and annihilating malpractice suits. Having proper legal representation is your only recourse to ensure that your case is comprehensively established and defended against them.

New York has a statute of limitations of 2 1/2 years involving medical malpractice cases. Other negligence cases have a statute of limitations of 3 years. Sadly, many people do not even know that malpractice was committed until after the statute of limitations has expired. Your dedicated team at Daniella Levi & Associates P.C. understands that there are certain exceptions that may extend this time due to extenuating circumstances, and we know how to fight for those considerations to your benefit. Finally, we will exhaustively represent your best interest in consideration of the long-term effects that medical malpractice will have on your livelihood, income, quality of life, and well-being.

If you or your loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice resulting in continued or serious injury, contact Daniella Levi & Associates, P.C. for a professional evaluation of your case. Your first visit will be free, as we analyze the facts of your claim. It is our specialty to investigate the circumstances surrounding medical malpractice, negotiate with the other party’s insurance company, and ensure that you receive the compensation – including pain and suffering – that you deserve. Give us a call today.

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