Colonie Medical Malpractice Attorneys
We Can Help You Get the Care You Need & the Compensation You Deserve
Medical offices and hospitals are places where we should feel safe and cared for. While this is true of many facilities, others do not provide an environment that is conducive to healing. In mild cases, this may mean dealing with a stressful billing situation or unfriendly staff. In more serious situations, an inconvenient medical experience can quickly turn dangerous if medical malpractice occurs.
Medical malpractice can completely disrupt the life of a victim and their family. When a person is injured while receiving medical treatment, they not only do not get the treatment they need, but they also incur additional injury on top of the health issues they were already experiencing. If you were injured by a medical professional or have a loved one who was, contact E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy to discuss how we can help you recover compensation.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice law gives people who have been harmed due to negligent medical care an opportunity to recover compensation for their damages. Doctors and nurses, and the facilities where they treat patients, are held to very high standards of care. When this standard is not met, injuries can occur, and medical malpractice claims can result.
In order for a medical malpractice claim to succeed, it must be proven that the allegedly at-fault party failed to provide the level of care that is generally accepted for the type of treatment being performed. For example, if a certain type of drug is known to be effective treatment for a condition but a doctor elects to use another type of medication, resulting in injury to the patient, this may warrant a medical malpractice claim. More obvious examples of medical malpractice may include when a doctor leaves an instrument inside a patient during surgery or switches up two patients and provides incorrect treatment to each.
It is important to note that not every injury caused by medical treatment qualifies as medical malpractice. Complications can result from surgeries through no fault of anyone, and patients can experience side effects when taking certain medications. If injury is a known possibility of treatment and a patient is warned of potential side effects, a medical malpractice claim would likely not be successful. However, if you were not warned of likely complications and sustained an injury during medical treatment, you could be entitled to compensation.
Types of Medical Malpractice Cases
Although it may sound scary, it is true that there are many things that can go wrong during medical treatment. This is especially true when a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other medical professional is negligent or otherwise fails to provide a patient with the care they need. Medical malpractice cases cover a wide range of situations.
Some examples of medical malpractice cases include:
- Anesthesia errors
- Surgery errors
- Pharmaceutical errors
- Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis
- Birth injuries
- Failure to warn about side effects or complications
- Issues with lab results (e.g. false negative/positive results or misinterpreting test results)
- Unnecessary surgery
- Releasing a patient too early or failing to provide aftercare
Contact Us Today
You should not feel intimidated by the prospect of filing a claim against a doctor or hospital after you have been injured in their care. While medical professionals often have significant legal resources, we do too, and we are dedicated to righting their wrongs. Our medical malpractice lawyers in Colonie are committed to holding negligent parties at fault and ensuring their victims receive the recourse they deserve.