Medical negligence occurs when a physician does not competently treat or diagnose a patient. Many New York residents are harmed as a result of this negligence. There are many forms of medical negligence, but some are more common than others.
One common form of medical negligence is performing a procedure or surgery without informed consent. Before treating a patient, physicians are required to provide the patient with enough information regarding their condition and the risks and benefits of the procedure. Failure to give the patient enough information or accepting consent from a patient who is not legally able to give consent may be considered medical negligence.
Another form of medical negligence is negligently prescribing medication or medical devices. Doctors are required to prescribe medication considering the manufacturer's instructions, potential side effects and correct dosage. Giving the patient the wrong dosage or ignoring the potential dangers of a drug can make a patient's condition worse.
Surgical errors are also a common form of medical negligence. Performing a procedure on the wrong part of the body, leaving a medical tool inside the patient after surgery or simply performing an ill-advised procedure can all be considered medical negligence.
Medical negligence can result in doctors and hospitals being charged with medical malpractice and having to pay a patient thousands of dollars in damages. Consulting with an experienced attorney can help those in such situations form a solid plan of legal action. Recovering from a surgical error may be difficult, but you don't have navigate the road alone.
Source: FindLaw, "Proving Fault in Medical Malpractice Cases," accessed on Feb. 13, 2017