Medical Malpractice Lawyers Serving Watertown, NY

Serving residents of Upstate New York for decades, the attorneys at DeFrancisco & Falgiatano, LLP are aggressive advocates for victims of medical malpractice. If you or a loved one who lives in Watertown is suffering as a result of a medical mistake, or if you have lost a loved one to medical malpractice, we can help you win the financial compensation you deserve. Medical malpractice is the third-leading cause of death in the United States, and everyday countless patients in New York and throughout the country suffer injuries and fall ill due to medical mistakes. While we are forced to place our trust in the doctors, nurses, and hospitals that offer treatment in our local communities, too often this trust proves to be misplaced. If you have been touched by medical malpractice, either directly or through a family member who was improperly treated or misdiagnosed, what are your options? One option is to do nothing. You can choose to live with the consequences of someone else’s mistake and face the health and financial repercussions for years – if not decades – to come. Another option is to seek experienced legal representation. In New York, victims of medical malpractice are entitled to recover full compensation for their losses. This includes not only financial losses such as medical expenses and loss of income, but pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, and other non-financial losses as well. The effects of medical malpractice can be substantial, and it is up to you, the victim, to take the first step toward protecting your legal rights.

Your Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Upstate New York

At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano, LLP, we bring more than three decades of legal experience to representing patients and families suffering as a result of medical malpractice. We offer free initial consultations, and with our contingency-fee representation you pay nothing unless we win your case. Our practice is devoted exclusively to injury and wrongful death representation. Thanks to this exclusive focus, we have been able to secure more than $100 million for our clients’ losses.

"I spoke to a lawyer regarding the passing of my wife and he said that I did not have a case.  I was then referred to Jeff DeFrancisco for a second opinion who told me I had a really strong case.  Mr. DeFrancisco immediately filed suit and was able to get my case settled very quickly for more than what I expected.  I was extremely impressed by the quality of his legal services and I would highly recommend him." - J.B., Watertown, New York

Medical Malpractice Cases We Handle

Despite extraordinary advancements in modern medicine, medical malpractice continues to be a pervasive issue in all settings and with regard to all forms of medical care. Doctors, nurses, hospital administrators, and other healthcare professionals all make avoidable mistakes; and, when these mistakes fall below the appropriate standard of care, the law entitles victims to seek just compensation. Our attorneys routinely represent clients who have been injured, fallen ill, and lost loved ones to medical errors such as:

ENT / Otolaryngologist Malpractice

Ear nose and throat (ENT) specialists can make a variety of mistakes that can lead to drastic consequences. From failing to perform biopsies and order necessary scans to inaccurately reading test results, ENT and otolaryngologist malpractice can have consequences including cancer and death.

Failure to Diagnose, Monitor, or Treat

Failure to diagnose, failure to monitor, and failure to treat make up the most common category of medical malpractice complaints. Failure to diagnose, monitor, and treat can result in complications from anesthesia and medications, undiagnosed cancer, and health conditions that deteriorate over time.

Failure to Diagnose Heart Attack

People are often surprised to learn just how common it is for heart attacks to be misdiagnosed. From misinterpreting symptoms to failing to collect necessary information from the patient, there are numerous simple mistakes that can lead to a heart attack going undiagnosed.

Hospital Malpractice

Hospital malpractice covers a broad range of medical errors occurring at all stages of diagnosis and treatment – from emergency room intake to post-surgery recovery. While it is most common to think of medical malpractice in terms of physicians’ mistakes, in reality inadequate hospital staffing, hospital administration errors, and numerous other treatment-related issues can make hospitals liable for patients’ inadequate care as well.

Medication Errors & Overdoses

From prescribing the wrong medication to administering an improper dosage in the hospital, medication errors are another alarmingly common form of medical malpractice. Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, hospitals, and other providers and facilities can all make mistakes that can lead to dangerous and even life-threatening consequences.

Other Common Forms of Medical Malpractice

Our practice also involves representing patients who have suffered harm and families who have lost loved ones due to:

Answers to Medical Malpractice FAQs

Q: How do I know if I have a claim for medical malpractice?

Understanding your rights after a medical mistake can be complicated. Generally speaking, medical malpractice is defined as providing treatment that falls below the accepted standard of care. However, (i) in New York, different standards apply under different circumstances; and (ii) it is not always easy to tell whether a decision reflects an appropriate exercise of medical judgment or a failure to provide adequate care. In order to assess your rights, you will need to discuss your situation with an experienced medical malpractice attorney.

Q: What is the statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims?

In New York, the general statute of limitations is two and a half years from the date on which the malpractice occurs. However, recognizing that it can take days, months, or even years to discover certain medical errors (such as failure to diagnose cancer), New York’s medical malpractice law includes a "discovery" rule that can extend the statute of limitations under certain circumstances.

Q: What are some of the most commonly misdiagnosed medical conditions?

While all medical conditions have the potential to be misdiagnosed due to inadequate testing, misinterpretation of test results, and failure to appropriately use differential methods, some of the most commonly misdiagnosed medical conditions include:

  • Bone fractures and soft tissue injuries
  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • Various forms of cancer (including bladder, breast, cervical, colon, lung, prostate, and skin cancer)

Q: What should I do if I suspect medical malpractice?

If you suspect that you or a loved one may be a victim of medical malpractice, you need to seek treatment, and you need to speak with a medical malpractice attorney. If you are not sure who to trust with your medical care, we will be happy to provide you with a referral in Watertown.

Q: How much does it cost to hire a medical malpractice attorney?

It should not cost you anything out of pocket to hire an attorney for your medical malpractice claim. Like most other injury and wrongful death law firms, at DeFrancisco & Falgiatano, LLP we handle all cases on a contingency-fee basis. This means:

  • Your initial consultation is free
  • You do not pay a retainer or hourly rates
  • You do not pay expenses while your claim is pending
  • We only get paid if we help you secure financial compensation

Q: How do I know what constitutes a fair settlement in my case?

In order to evaluate any settlement offer, you need several important pieces of information. First, and most importantly, you need to know the full extent of your financial and non-financial losses. You also need to know your chances of securing additional compensation if you refuse the offer. Then, you need to know the expenses – including medical bills, court costs, and legal fees – that will be deducted from the settlement amount. If we receive a settlement offer in your case, we will work closely with you to help you make an informed decision about whether to settle or continue progressing toward trial.

5 Reasons to Choose DeFrancisco & Falgiatano, LLP

With your health and your family’s financial future on the line, you cannot afford to take your choice of legal representation lightly. Here are five reasons why medical malpractice victims in Watertown and throughout Upstate New York have placed their trust in our attorneys:

  • We offer personalized legal representation focused on maximizing each client’s financial recovery.
  • We have decades of experience in Upstate New York and regularly represent clients in the local courts.
  • We use trial-tested litigation skills to incentivize other parties to settle before trial.
  • We have received prestigious awards and the highest-possible ratings from our clients.
  • We focus exclusively on representing accident victims and their families.

Simply put, at DeFrancisco & Falgiatano, LLP, our clients come first. We are passionate about what we do, and we are committed to ensuring that each of our clients receives the compensation deserved. If you would like to discuss your medical malpractice claim in confidence, please call (315) 479-9000 or request a free consultation online today.