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People throughout New York sought treatment for COVID-19 during the pandemic. While many people received appropriate care, some did not and ultimately developed injuries due to the carelessness of their treatment providers. Whether people who sustained such losses can recover compensation via medical malpractice claims depends, in part, on whether the provider in question is immunity from liability pursuant to the PREP Act. Only certain care qualifies for immunity, though, as explained in a recent New York opinion. If you or a loved one sustained losses because of inadequate medical care, you should consult a Syracuse medical malpractice lawyer to determine your options.

Case Facts and Procedural Setting

It is alleged that the plaintiff, along with his wife, commenced a medical malpractice lawsuit against the defendant hospital seeking damages for the development of pressure ulcers while undergoing treatment for COVID-19. The defendant filed a motion to dismiss the complaint, contending immunity from liability under the United States Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) due to the use of a “covered countermeasure” during a public health emergency. The trial denied the motion, prompting the defendant to appeal.

Liability for Injuries Sustained During COVID-19 Treatment

The salient issue on appeal was whether the plaintiff’s claims fell within the scope of immunity provided by the PREP Act. Ultimately, the court agreed with the trial court’s reasoning and affirmed its opinion. Continue Reading ›

Pursuant to New York law, people injured by negligent medical care have the right to pursue medical malpractice claims against the providers responsible for their harm. They must act promptly, though, as if they fail to pursue their claims within the statute of limitations, they may be dismissed, as demonstrated in a recent New York case. If you were injured by an incompetent doctor, it is wise to consult a Syracuse medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible to avoid waiving your right to recover damages.

Procedural and Factual Setting

It is alleged that the plaintiff initiated an action against the defendant doctor and another defendant, alleging medical malpractice related to the diagnosis and treatment of her breast cancer from June 2014 to October 2017. This case was consolidated with another action involving different defendants. In April 2021, the defendant doctor moved to dismiss the complaint against him, citing untimeliness and lack of personal jurisdiction.

Reportedly, the defendant doctor presented evidence demonstrating that he had only treated the plaintiff once on June 22, 2017, and had not been served with the summons and complaint. The plaintiff opposed the motion, relying solely on uncertified medical records to argue that the complaint against the defendant doctor was timely and cross-moved for an extension of time to serve him with the summons and complaint. The trial court denied the defendant doctor’s motion and granted the plaintiff’s cross-motion. The defendant doctor appealed. Continue Reading ›

In New York medical malpractice cases, a plaintiff must prove not only that the defendant failed to uphold the applicable standard of care but also that the defendant’s departure from the standard of care caused the plaintiff’s harm. In other words, the failure to demonstrate causation is typically fatal to a plaintiff’s medical malpractice claim. In a recent New York opinion, a court explained what evidence is needed to establish causation in medical malpractice cases. If you were hurt while receiving medical care, it is advisable to talk to a Syracuse medical malpractice lawyer about what evidence you must produce to present a winning claim.

History of the Case

It is alleged that the plaintiff’s husband was involved in a motor vehicle accident in November 2013, allegedly due to contact with a car operated by another driver. Following the accident, the plaintiff’s husband sought treatment from the defendant chiropractor, among others. While undergoing treatment, he suffered a deep vein thrombosis in late July 2014, which required surgery.

It is reported that the plaintiff’s husband ultimately died due to complications arising out of the deep vein thrombosis. Subsequently, the plaintiff, representing the estate of her deceased husband, initiated legal proceedings against the defendant chiropractor, alleging medical and chiropractic malpractice. The defendant moved for summary judgment, arguing the plaintiff failed to demonstrate causation. The trial court granted the defendant’s motion and the plaintiff appealed. Continue Reading ›

Doctors have an obligation to not only provide their patients with competent care but also to advise them of their treatment options and the potential benefits and disadvantages of each choice. If a doctor fails to adequately inform a patient of the risks of a procedure and the patient subsequently suffers harm, the doctor can be held accountable, even if the patient’s injuries are due to a known danger. As discussed in a recent New York ruling issued in a lack of informed consent case, however, the injured party must present certain evidence to prevail in a civil action against the provider. If you sustained losses due to the incompetence of a healthcare provider, you should speak to a Syracuse medical malpractice lawyer about what claims you may be able to pursue.

Case Setting

The plaintiff, along with her husband, commenced a legal action to seek damages for medical malpractice and lack of informed consent against the defendant, a physician, and the defendant’s employer. They alleged that the defendant caused serious injuries to the injured plaintiff during a physical examination in June 2015, claiming that the examination was aggressive, forceful, and negligent. Additionally, they asserted that the defendant failed to obtain informed consent for the examination. The defendants moved for summary judgment to dismiss the complaint, which the trial court granted. The plaintiffs then appealed the decision.

Evidence Sufficient to Demonstrate Lack of Informed Consent

On appeal, when considering the defendants’ motion for summary judgment on the medical malpractice cause of action, the court highlighted the necessity for the defendants to establish prima facie that there was no departure from the standard of care or that any deviation did not cause the plaintiff’s injuries. Continue Reading ›

It is not uncommon for people who suffer fractures to undergo care with multiple providers; if they subsequently suffer complications, each provider may ultimately be deemed responsible for their losses. Whether a medical malpractice case involves one or many defendants, though, the plaintiff must establish a deviation from the accepted standard of care and show that such a departure caused their harm in order to recover damages. Recently, in a New York ruling delivered in a medical malpractice case, the court clarified what evidence is needed to demonstrate a breach of the standard of care. If you sustained damages because of the negligence of a doctor, it is smart to meet with a Syracuse medical malpractice attorney to evaluate your options.

The Plaintiff’s Injuries and Claims

It is alleged that the plaintiff fractured her left wrist in January 2018. The fracture was treated by the first defendant, an orthopedic surgeon, through a closed reduction. Subsequent X-rays showed mild displacement, and the plaintiff was discharged with instructions to follow up. Over the following weeks, the plaintiff experienced increasing symptoms, leading to a diagnosis of complex regional pain syndrome by the second defendant, another orthopedic surgeon.

It is reported that in July 2019, the plaintiff commenced a medical malpractice case against the defendants, along with an orthopedic surgeon and physician assistant. The lawsuit alleged failure to obtain informed consent, negligence, and medical malpractice. The defendants moved for summary judgment; the court denied their motion, and they appealed. Continue Reading ›

In any medical malpractice matter, the plaintiff must show not only that the defendant failed to abide by the prevailing standard of care but also that the defendant’s deviation from the standard of care proximately caused the plaintiff to suffer harm. If the plaintiff does not meet this burden, their claims may be dismissed, as demonstrated in a recent New York ruling. If you were injured due to a doctor’s neglect, it is in your best interest to confer with a Syracuse medical malpractice attorney to discuss your options.

History of the Case

It is reported that the first defendants, a physician assistant, and a physician, respectively, attended to the plaintiff’s left leg pain during his emergency room visit at the defendant medical center. The plaintiff received subsequent treatment from the second defendants, vascular surgeons, and their medical practice, for the plaintiff’s lower left leg vascular disease at the hospital.

Allegedly, the plaintiff initiated a legal action seeking damages for medical malpractice from the defendants, alleging that they failed to timely diagnose and treat a thrombosed popliteal artery, ultimately resulting in an above-the-knee amputation. Both sets of defendants separately moved for summary judgment to dismiss the complaint. The trial court rejected the defendants’ arguments and denied the motions. The defendants appealed. Continue Reading ›

It is not uncommon for a patient to undergo multiple procedures for a single medical issue. While typically, such treatment will offer them relief, in some cases, it will unfortunately result in compounded harm. In such cases, more than one provider may be deemed liable, as demonstrated in a recent New York case in which the plaintiffs sought medical malpractice claims against multiple defendants. If you were harmed due to an improperly performed procedure, it is advisable to talk to a Syracuse medical malpractice attorney about your rights.

Case Background

It is reported that the plaintiff underwent surgery at the defendant hospital involving mesh placement to repair a hernia. Another surgery was scheduled for later that year, with the defendant doctor as the surgeon, to perform a radical prostatectomy to treat the plaintiff husband’s prostate cancer. However, the defendant doctor aborted the procedure upon discovering intraoperatively that the mesh from the previous surgery had migrated, rendering the prostatectomy unsafe. Subsequently, the plaintiff husband’s prostate cancer was treated with radiation therapy.

Allegedly, the plaintiff husband and his wife, commenced an action against several defendants, including the defendant hospital and defendant doctor, to seek damages for medical malpractice and lack of informed consent resulting from surgeries performed on the plaintiff husband. The complaint alleged that the defendant hospital failed to properly implant the mesh and that the defendant doctor failed to discuss treatment alternatives for the prostatectomy, leading to a cause of action based on lack of informed consent. After discovery was complete, the defendants moved for summary judgment. The trial courts denied their respective motions, after which they appealed. Continue Reading ›

In New York, EMTs providing ambulance services constitutes healthcare. As such, if they render their services improperly, they can be liable for medical malpractice. Not all duties performed by EMTs require an analysis of the standard of care imposed on health professionals, however, as some errors merely constitute negligence. In a recent New York case, the court discussed the difference between negligence and medical malpractice, ultimately determining that the plaintiff set forth a malpractice claim. If you were injured by inadequate medical care, it is wise to meet with a Syracuse medical malpractice attorney to determine what damages you may be owed.

Factual History of the Case

It is alleged that in May 2017, police officers had an altercation with the decedent that ultimately resulted in an officer shooting the decedent. The defendant ambulance company was dispatched to the scene to provide the decedent with emergency medical services and to transport him to the hospital following the incident.

Reportedly, the decedent passed away, after which the plaintiff filed a lawsuit against the city and the defendant ambulance company, asserting wrongful death and negligence claims. The specific claim against the defendant ambulance company alleged it negligently provided first aid and medical treatment to the decedent, resulting in his death. The defendant moved for summary judgment, arguing that the claim sounded in medical malpractice, and as the plaintiff failed to offer expert testimony in support of her claim, it should be dismissed. Continue Reading ›

Medical malpractice cases often hinge on the qualifications of expert witnesses and the interpretation of applicable standards of care. As such, the disqualification of a party’s expert witness can be devastating to their case. Recently, a New York court discussed expert qualifications in a medical malpractice case in which it ultimately determined that the plaintiffs’ expert was qualified to opine on the issue of whether the defendants violated the relevant standard of care. If you were hurt due to a negligently performed procedure, it is prudent to speak to a Syracuse medical malpractice attorney regarding your possible claims.

Factual and Procedural History

It is alleged that the plaintiffs, a husband and wife, filed a lawsuit against the defendants, alleging that an improperly performed blood draw at the defendants’ laboratory facility caused the plaintiff-wife to suffer severe and permanent. The complaint sounded in failure to obtain informed consent, medical malpractice, and loss of consortium. The defendants moved to strike the plaintiff’s expert, an anesthesiologist, from testifying on the grounds that he was not qualified as an expert witness on the issue of the standard of care for the blood draw procedure.

Demonstrating an Expert Is Qualified to Testify in Medical Malpractice Cases

In this case, the admissibility of expert testimony is governed by Federal Rule of Evidence 702, which requires that an expert possess knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education relevant to the case. Rule 702 serves as a gatekeeper to ensure that expert testimony is both reliable and pertinent to the matter at hand. Continue Reading ›

Cardiomyopathy is a heart muscle disease. A defect causes the heart muscle to become weakened, swollen, or lopsided, making it difficult for the heart to pump blood. Cardiomyopathy affects infants eight times more than any other demographic. Cardiomyopathy, like myocarditis, can lead to congestive heart failure, which is caused by fluid buildup in the heart, lungs, or other organs.

Pediatric cardiology is a special type of pediatric medicine. In general, pediatric care has very few medical errors; however, more complicated, life-threatening diseases have twice the number of medical errors as other medical complications. As children’s systems are still developing and they are generally small in size, it is difficult to predict how their systems will react to complex and invasive medical testing and treatments. Furthermore, children are frequently unable to articulate their symptoms in a detailed and understandable manner.  Pediatric cardiology is a very unique condition to treat, resulting in unusual conditions that can lead to errors. Because few children suffer from cardiac problems, the overall possibility of error is low, but it does occur. However, since there are fewer patients, errors are more common in this area. As a result of less experience in treating these diseases, fewer protocols, fewer established diagnostic methods, and a lack of equipment to treat these diseases, medical errors are on the rise.

Other factors that contribute to medical errors in pediatric cardiology patients include a general lack of awareness of these problems, which frequently results in physicians failing to diagnose or consider cardiac conditions, the frailty of critically ill patients, and the fact that symptoms of heart disease can also correlate with a wide range of other possible conditions. For these reasons, pediatricians frequently test other options before considering a cardiac condition. This significantly delays diagnosis and treatment, potentially causing the child to suffer greatly or even die. If your child was harmed as a result of medical malpractice involving heart failure, you should consult with a medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible. Our highly experienced medical malpractice attorneys at DeFrancisco & Falgiatano may be able to assist you in obtaining the compensation you deserve.  We serve clients throughout Upstate New York and have offices in several convenient locations. Our extensive experience in the field of medical malpractice is reflected in the results we have obtained for our clients.

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