Staten Island residents generally have a lot of faith in doctors, and this faith is usually justified. Physicians are required to undergo years of schooling and training to make sure that they have an acceptable level of skill and judgment. When a patient undergoes a surgical procedure or receives treatment for an ailment or injury, things don't always go according to plan and sometimes the patient suffers. Sometimes this suffering is unavoidable due to the nature of the surgery or treatment. At other times, however, this suffering is a direct result of malpractice by a medical professional.
This medical negligence can take various forms. One of the most common forms of negligence is a failure to accurately diagnose a patient's condition. There have been many cases where a patient suffered or even died because a doctor misdiagnosed their condition or did not diagnose a condition at all. Other forms of medical malpractice include wrong-site surgery and other surgical errors, emergency room errors, dosing errors and anesthesia errors.
Medical professionals are required to adhere to the accepted standard of care in their specialty when treating their patients. Unfortunately, sometimes doctors fail to meet this standard of care. The hospital where the doctor works may also be held liable under some circumstances.
Those who believe they or a loved one is the victim of medical malpractice may benefit from professional legal help. Michael J. Gaffney, Attorney at Law may be able to assist you. Please see our website for more information on filing a medical malpractice lawsuit.