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Albany County Medical Center

Albany-Area Law Firm for Albany Medical Center Medical Malpractice

Albany Medical Center is the umbrella organization that runs Albany Medical Center Hospital, which has more than 600 beds, and Albany Medical College located in New York. It is a general medical and surgical facility, as well as one of the largest teaching hospitals in the state. It has an emergency room and a children’s hospital, as well as an AIDS center, a trauma center, a stroke center, and a regional perinatal center. If you believe you were a victim of hospital malpractice at Albany Medical Center you should call the seasoned Syracuse medical malpractice lawyers of DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Attorneys. We have sought the best results for injured clients for more than 30 years and won more than $100 million in awards and settlements.

Seeking Damages from Albany Medical Center

When seeking damages, we will need to prove it’s more likely than not: (1) you had a doctor-patient relationship with the defendant, (2) defendant’s departure from the professional standard of care, (3) causation, and (4) damages. The professional standard of care depends on the accepted practices of practitioners in the same specialty and same geographic region. Your health care provider’s departure from the professional standard of care could involve failure to diagnose, misdiagnosis, failure to sterilize equipment, failure to treat, prescription errors, improper treatment, laboratory errors, surgical errors, and unnecessary surgeries, some combination of these.

Hospitals can be held accountable for doctors and nurses’ negligence when they are professionally negligent in the course and scope of their employment. In many cases, doctors are independent contractors rather than employees of the hospital, which means they would need to be sued in their individual capacity to recover damages. However, under the doctrine of apparent authority, when a doctor seems to be employed by the Albany Medical Center, the hospital could be liable. For example, if you go to the ER to be seen at the Albany Medical Center, and you are turned away because of improper triage or because the ER doctor misdiagnosed you with indigestion rather than a heart attack, you may have grounds to recover damages from the hospital.

Often staff members, nurses, and others who provide diagnostic and treatment services are employed by the hospital. For example, if you get an MRI performed at Albany Medical Center, and the technician makes an error and the radiologist misinterprets the image and misses a brain bleed, you may be able to hold the hospital accountable.

You have only 2 ½ years from the actions at Albany Medical Center that constitute medical malpractice to sue for damages.  It is important to seek legal counsel from an attorney who works with knowledgeable, credible and persuasive experts.

Liability for Hospital Malpractice

There are situations in which defendants argue that the harm you suffered as a result of medical malpractice was in fact a natural progression of a disease or illness. It’s important to retain a lawyer that understands the different tactics a hospital might use to deflect responsibility.  

Recovering Damages

If our medical malpractice lawyers are able to establish liability, we may be able to recover compensatory damages on your behalf. In these cases, compensatory damages are awarded to put you back in the position you would have been in had the hospital not committed malpractice. They could include both economic and noneconomic losses, including medical bills, lost wages, mental anguish, pain and suffering, It may be possible to recover compensatory damages arising out of medical malpractice. These are damages intended to put you back into the condition you would have been if you had been diagnosed and treated properly. These damages can include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and mental anguish. Their amount depends on the severity of your injuries and losses.

Consult a Seasoned Albany Hospital Malpractice Law Firm

If you were injured or a loved one was killed by a hospital error, you should talk with our seasoned Syracuse medical malpractice lawyers. DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Attorneys has more than 30 years of experience seeking best results for accident victims in Canandaigua, Lowville, Auburn, Buffalo, Oneida, Utica, Rochester, Albany, Wampsville, Watertown, Herkimer, Oswego, Lyons, Ithaca, Cooperstown, Binghamton, Elmira, and all of Upstate New York. For a free consultation, complete our online form or call us at 315-479-9000.

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