Oneida County Medical Malpractice

Experience and Expertise Fighting for the Injured in Oneida, New York

DeFrancisco & Falgiatano, LLP is an Upstate New York law firm that is devoted exclusively to representing injury victims and their families. If you believe that you or a loved one may be suffering due to a medical error, or if you recently lost a loved one in the Oneida area and suspect medical malpractice, we encourage you to contact us for a free consultation. Medical mistakes are far more common than any of us would like to believe. Each year, an untold number of patients visit their doctor’s office and go to the hospital expecting to receive quality medical care, only to have their conditions worsen – or see new conditions arise – as a result of medical malpractice. In 2016, Johns Hopkins Medicine released a study in which it concluded that medical malpractice was the third-leading cause of death in the United States. This is an alarming statistic, and one that highlights the importance of patients and their families standing up for their legal rights. If you suspect that you or a loved one may be a victim of medical malpractice, you need to take action. By standing up for your rights, not only can you help shed light on the alarming number of medical mistakes in our country, but you can also make sure you have the financial resources necessary to cope with your injuries or loss. The effects of medical errors can be devastating. From birth injuries to surgical errors and failure to diagnose cancer, it only takes one simple mistake to cause premature death or a lifetime of pain and suffering. Even in "less severe" cases of medical malpractice, patients will often face exorbitant medical bills, loss of income, scarring, loss of enjoyment of life, and other losses that entitle them to significant financial recoveries. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano, LLP, we bring more than 30 years of legal experience to representing victims of medical malpractice in Oneida, NY. From our $10.5 million settlement for failure to diagnose cancer to numerous other multi-million-dollar and seven-figure awards, we have helped countless patients and family members recover just compensation for medical errors. We are passionate about helping people in their times of need. If you deserve compensation for the effects of medical practice, we can use our experience and resources to help maximize your financial recovery.

What Our Clients Say

While we are proud of the financial results we have secured for our clients, we believe the best measure of our success is our clients’ willingness to refer our attorneys to their friends, family, and members of the local community. Here are just two examples of testimonials we have received from satisfied medical malpractice clients:

"I highly recommend DeFrancisco & Falgiatano - Charlie represented me for a medical malpractice case. He is the best of the best. He is friendly and I am very happy with the representation he provided." - Roger N., Oneida, New York

"My mother died as a result of medical malpractice. From the beginning all the way to the end, Charles Falgiatano was a true professional and went above and beyond the call of duty. We couldn't have asked for more. Charlie kept in constant contact with me, explained everything, and always took the time to make sure my family and I understood what was going on. He was very aggressive in pursuing our case. While I hope that no one has to suffer the loss that our family did, I would highly recommend that you call DeFrancisco & Falgiatano to help you and your family if needed."- Renee B., Oneida, New York

Medical Malpractice Cases We Handle

As a result of our attorneys’ extensive experience, we are able to effectively represent clients who are suffering and who have lost loved ones due to all forms of medical malpractice. Our practice includes representing individuals and families in cases involving:

Anesthesia Errors

While anesthesia carries certain risks, these risks can (and should) be managed with an appropriate standard of medical care. Unfortunately, from administering improper doses of anesthetic to failing to adequately monitor patients during and after their medical procedures, there are a variety of common anesthesia errors that can result in brain damage, nerve damage, and other catastrophic injuries.

Cardiology Malpractice

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., accounting for nearly 600,000 deaths annually. When diagnosed and treated appropriately, the symptoms of heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiological conditions can often be managed. Yet, cardiology malpractice is common, with errors ranging from failure to properly read EKG results to improperly placing stents during surgery.

Claims Against the Veterans Administration Medical Center

While medical malpractice cases against the Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center involve different procedures than claims against private doctors and medical facilities, the substantive issues in these cases are the same. We have extensive experience in VA cases involving a wide range of types of medical malpractice.

Dermatology Medical Malpractice

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in America. Basal cell carcinoma and other forms of skin cancer are often treatable, but dermatology medical mistakes (including failure to diagnose skin cancer) can leave patients with painful, disfiguring, and potentially life-threatening medical conditions.

Emergency Room Negligence

Emergency room errors are another all-too-common occurrence, and they can result from any of a number of different factors. If you or a loved one visited an emergency room in the Oneida area for treatment and received inadequate care or an improper diagnosis, we can help you seek just compensation for emergency room negligence.

Failure to Diagnose and Other Forms of Medical Malpractice

In addition to the types of cases discussed above, we routinely help individuals and families in Oneida pursue medical malpractice claims for:

New York Medical Malpractice FAQs

Q: How long do I have to file a medical malpractice claim in New York?

In New York, the general "statute of limitations" for medical malpractice claims is two and a half years. However, determining when the statute of limitations expires in medical malpractice cases can often be a challenge. In many cases, special rules will apply. To avoid waiving your legal rights, you should speak with an attorney as soon as you suspect a medical mistake.

Q: Does New York cap the financial compensation available to victims of medical malpractice?

No, unlike many other states, New York does not place a cap on the amount that medical malpractice victims can recover for their losses. In New York, individuals diagnosed with illnesses and injuries resulting from medical errors can seek full financial compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of income
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Other out-of-pocket expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Q: How much can I expect to recover for a non-fatal illness or injury resulting from medical malpractice?

Each case is unique, and in order to estimate your potential financial recovery we will need to know all of the details of your case. Generally speaking, however, the financial and non-financial losses flowing from medical mistakes can be substantial, and we strongly encourage you to speak with an attorney so that you can make an informed decision about pursuing a claim for compensation.

Q: What if I signed a consent form? Can I still file a claim for medical malpractice?

Yes, when you consented to treatment, you consented to treatment in accordance with the prevailing standard of care. You did not consent to substandard treatment that put you at risk for illness or injury. The fact that you signed a consent form should not affect your decision to seek help for medical malpractice.

Why Choose DeFrancisco & Falgiatano, LLP?

When you receive a misdiagnosis, get injured, fall ill, or lose a loved one as a result of a medical mistake, your choice of legal representation matters. The outcome of your case could impact your life for years to come, and you simply cannot afford to trust your case to inexperienced legal counsel. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano, LLP, we offer:

  • Personalized Representation – We will get to know you personally and use the unique facts of your case to maximize your recovery.

  • Decades of Experience in Upstate New York – Combined, our attorneys have been litigating medical malpractice cases in Oneida and throughout Upstate New York for more than 30 years.

  • Proven Litigation Strategies – We rely on proven litigation strategies that help convince hospitals and insurance companies to settle out of court.

  • A Reputation for Results – Our attorneys have received numerous awards and the highest possible ratings from their clients and peers.

  • Exclusive Focus on Injury and Wrongful Death Representation – Unlike other law firms, at DeFrancisco & Falgiatano, LLP our entire practice is devoted to representing victims and their families.

To get started with a free consultation, call (315) 479-9000 or contact us online. We look forward to helping you move on with your life. No recovery, no fee.

Client Reviews
"I highly recommend DeFrancisco & Falgiatano - Charlie represented me for a medical malpractice case. He is the best of the best. He is friendly and I am very happy with the representation he provided."
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"I cannot express in words what an awesome job Charlie Falgiatano and Jean Marie Westlake did in representing my family in my mother's case at trial. There can never be enough thank-yous." D.L., Cortland, NY
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"I suffered a serious injury as a result of medical malpractice. My husband and I retained Jeff DeFrancisco to assist us in this case. We were extremely happy with his representation and highly recommend him." Kelley R., Syracuse, NY
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Since the insurance company was unwilling to settle the matter my case ultimately went to trial. At trial Jeff DeFrancisco did an absolutely amazing job by obtaining a very favorable result for me." T.H., Oneida, NY
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"We were very impressed with how Jeff DeFrancisco represented us at trial and we were extremely happy when the jury found in our favor." D.M., Auburn, NY
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