Improper treatment of a patient can lead to devastating consequences. If you or a loved one was injured due to improper treatment, our skilled Syracuse medical malpractice attorneys can help. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, we can perform an initial evaluation of your claim to determine whether your doctor, nurse, or other medical professional committed malpractice. With extensive experience, we have the knowledge base and resources needed to handle even the most complex malpractice cases.
A 2013 study published in the Journal of Patient Safety found that up to 444,000 patients die each year because of medical mistakes. This makes medical mistakes the third-leading cause of death in the country after heart disease and cancer. One type of medical error that can lead to serious patient injuries is improper treatment.
Improper medical treatment takes place when a patient receives treatment that is not sufficient to remedy their medical condition. An improper treatment claim typically involves other malpractice issues as well, including but not limited to failure to diagnose, failure to communicate test results, communication errors between doctors and nurses, and even medication errors. For example, improper treatment can stem from the wrong diagnosis.
Not all adverse outcomes are malpractice. Sometimes poor outcomes happen no matter how competent the medical professional is. Instead, malpractice takes place when a medical professional causes harm by failing to observe the standard of care that another medical professional with similar skills and training would have used in the same situation. In short, medical malpractice is negligence by a health care provider that leads to patient harm. To win a malpractice case, the plaintiff must prove the following elements:
- The health care provider owed the plaintiff a duty to adhere to the appropriate standard of care;
- The health care provider breached this duty; and
- The plaintiff suffered harm as a direct result of the health care provider’s breach.
Improper medical treatment can lead to further injuries and other medical complications that can be extremely costly to treat. Once malpractice is established, the plaintiff may seek a variety of damages, including but not limited to medical care and expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability, and any other losses arising from the medical professional’s negligence. Every case is unique, and the precise amount of monetary damages an individual will be able to recover will vary based on the specific facts of the case.
Receiving improper treatment for a health problem can lead to even more serious health issues. If you or someone close to you has been harmed by improper treatment caused by a medical professional’s negligence, we can help. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, our Syracuse medical malpractice attorneys will help you find the answers you are seeking in the aftermath of a medical injury. We understand that this is a stressful time for you, which is why we will handle your case with the utmost compassion. Call us today at 315-479-9000 or contact us online.
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