Schuyler Hospital is a hospital that is almost 100 years old with 25 beds and a skilled nursing facility that is attached with 120 beds. Its main campus is located in Montour Falls. However, it has a network of programs, services, and providers. When you go to the hospital, you trust that the hospital staff and doctors will take good care of you. Unfortunately, doctors and staff members are as fallible as anyone else. They may not immediately admit that they made a surgical error or another mistake that caused you harm. Therefore, it is important to consult a Montour Falls medical malpractice lawyer. If you suspect that you were injured by medical malpractice at Schuyler Hospital, you should consult the experienced attorneys at DeFrancisco & Falgiatano.Pursuing Compensation for Injuries at Schuyler Hospital
People visit Schuyler Hospital for many different reasons, including emergency care, primary care treatment, in-patient treatment, observation, diagnostic procedures, or a brief stay for surgery. It is a Critical Access Hospital that is certified to get cost-based reimbursement from Medicare.
When mistakes are made at a hospital, the result can be catastrophic injuries or death. For example, if an emergency room fails to diagnose an impending heart attack, the result may be immediate patient harm, including death. Similarly, a misdiagnosis of cancer can delay proper treatment and cause injuries.
In order to establish liability, a medical malpractice attorney in Montour Falls will need to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that a doctor-patient relationship existed, there was a failure to live up to the professional standard of care, and there was causation and damages. In most cases, it is necessary for us to hire a knowledgeable expert to provide opinion testimony about what the professional standard of care was, whether the defendant deviated from it, and whether that deviation caused injuries.
Generally, the professional standard of care includes the accepted practices and standards of the medical community. However, the practices and standards vary depending on the kind of health care provider that the defendant is. They will also be different based on the circumstances and your particular traits. For example, if you are an elderly man, the standard of care for your symptoms may be different than it would be if you were a teenage girl.
Usually, plaintiffs understand that they may be able to sue a doctor whose medical malpractice harmed them. However, a Montour Falls medical malpractice attorney may also be able to help them bring claims against staff members or a lab, and they may have a claim against the hospital. Claims against hospitals can be tricky. You are not able to obtain damages from the hospital when the defendant is a doctor who worked as an independent contractor, but there is an exception when a doctor holds himself out to be a hospital employee.
Sometimes serious injuries suffered at a hospital because of medical malpractice result in a wrongful death. Under New York law, you may be able to file a lawsuit for wrongful death. You only have two years from the date of the death to sue for wrongful death. Moreover, you will need to establish that you suffered pecuniary losses to obtain damages. For example, if your husband died as a result of a failure to diagnose prostate cancer, it may be possible to recover damages representing your husband's lost income, your loss of spousal services, and your children’s loss of parental guidance. You may also be able to obtain damages representing the decedent's conscious pain and suffering before dying.Hire a Medical Malpractice Lawyer in the Montour Falls Area
If you have been injured because of medical malpractice at Schuyler Hospital, our law firm may be able to help you pursue damages from any responsible parties. DeFrancisco & Falgiatano represents injured patients in many communities throughout Upstate New York. Call us at 315-479-9000 or contact us via our online form.