New Yorkers who are expecting a child will undoubtedly look forward to the addition to their family and have a positive image of what the future will hold. Unfortunately, despite the perception that a mother giving birth has become routine, there are still risks to the mother and newborn. The dangers for mothers in the United States are worse than previously thought as new research indicates. In that research by USA Today, the U.S. was found to be the riskiest place to give birth among all developed countries.
Staten Islanders and people throughout New York City who seek medical treatment will have the right to expect that they will be given the proper diagnosis, get the medication they need and have the care that is required to improve the injury, illness or condition. However, medical mistakes are all-too common today, and those who make the mistake should be held accountable for what went wrong.
When a Staten Island resident is victimized by medical mistakes, it can cause an untold amount of damage personally and financially. When this happens, after trying to make certain the person receives the necessary care after the errors occurred, it is important to understand what sparked the mistake in the first place. Studies are frequently conducted to determine how doctors come to make these mistakes. One recent study says that burnout is a major factor. This can be crucial when considering a legal filing for compensation.
When a New Yorker is ill and seeks treatment from a medical professional, there is an inherent expectation that they will be given the top level of care. In such a situation, any mistake can lead to severe complications and death. Misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, medical malpractice and other doctor errors happen all too frequently and can cause innumerable injuries and fatalities. This is particularly worrisome when children are involved.
Medical mistakes are a consistent problem in New York and across the nation. Many people are injured or lose their lives because of medical malpractice. While people have the right to file a lawsuit to seek compensation, an issue that some have faced in filing a claim after a mistake related to cancer is time limits to file. A new law that Governor Andrew Cuomo negotiated and plans to sign will give people a certain amount of time to file a case when they have had an error involving a cancer misdiagnosis or other mistake related to the disease.
When Staten Island residents go to the hospital, they expect to receive the best care available and, if possible, their conditions rectified. At the very least, they do not expect to be made ill. Unfortunately, hospitals are known incubators for various illnesses, and people frequently become sicker while hospitalized. In some cases, they are infected with diseases that had nothing to do with their initial problem.
Time periods, known as statute of limitations, restrict the time a medical negligence case may be filed in New York. However, certain events may extend this period and allow litigation to continue.
Patients may file a medical negligence or malpractice lawsuit in New York when they have suffered harm because a doctor or hospital did not treat that person in accordance with the accepted professional standards. To prove these cases, a plaintiff must offer specific, sometimes expert, evidence.
There is good and bad news for plaintiffs in medical malpractice litigation. The rate of paid malpractice claims dropped almost 56 percent in this country between 1992 and 1994 according to research by the Harvard Medical School. However, the average payout for successful claims grew around 23 percent, exceeding $353,000 in 2009-2014. This was a sharp rise from the average payout of $287,000 during 1992-1996.
New York families often put the lives of their elderly loved ones in the hands of nursing home professionals. However, some of these so-called "professionals" are negligent on-the-job. This negligence can cause injuries and even deaths among nursing home residents.