Can I Sue a Doctor in New York State?
Though generally, most of us are confident that our doctor is looking out for our best interests, there are many times where this simply is not the case. If you are someone who believes you were injured due to a medical professional’s carelessness or neglect, there is a very good chance you are now looking into recovering financial compensation for the harm your physician has caused. Fortunately, our experienced New York personal injury attorneys are here to help. Here are some of the questions you may have:
How do I know if I can sue a doctor for medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice cases are often far more complicated to win than standard personal injury claims, so you must first ensure you retain the legal services of an experienced attorney who is ready to fight for your rights. To win a medical malpractice lawsuit, your attorney must prove that you were the doctor’s patient, and that doctor, therefore, owed you a duty of care. From here, your attorney will have to prove that your doctor diverted from the standard accepted course of treatment, breached that duty of care and that you were seriously injured and incurred significant financial damages as a result.
What are some of the most common examples of medical malpractice?
Unfortunately, medical malpractice comes in many shapes and sizes, and generally, it results in very serious injuries or harm. Some of the most frequent types of medical malpractice we see include the following:
- Making errors when administering anesthesia
- Misreading or disregarding laboratory results
- Failing to recognize medical symptoms
- Improperly medicating or dosing patients
- Premature discharges, resulting in flare-ups or worsening of medical conditions/injuries
- Performing unnecessary surgery
- Contracting infections due to unsanitary hospital conditions
- Delayed diagnosis
- Failing to order proper testing
- Failing to diagnose patients
If you have been injured or harmed in any of the aforementioned scenarios, you will most likely have a valid medical malpractice lawsuit.
How long do I have to sue a doctor for an incident of medical malpractice in New York State?
Though generally, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York is three years, for medical malpractice claims, this statute of limitations is, generally, shortened to 2.5 years. This means that in most cases, individuals only have 2.5 years from the date of their injury to sue for medical malpractice. Rather obviously, time is of the essence, and the sooner you reach out to our firm, the better off you will be. We are here to help you–all you have to do is ask.
Contact our experienced New York City firm
Hausman & Pendzick effectively represent victims of negligence in Westchester County and across the state of New York. We understand how challenging life can be without financial compensation for serious injuries you have wrongly sustained. If you need a knowledgeable and skilled personal injury attorney to help you recover compensation after an accident, contact Hausman & Pendzick today.