What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice concerns negligence or errors made by health care professionals such as doctors, nurses, dentists, hospital or nursing home personnel, or other care providers. Malpractice occurs whenever a medical professional causes an injury by failing to act as a medical professional of ordinary skill would have, or by acting in a way that a medical professional of ordinary skill would not have.
Some examples of medical malpractice include:
- Surgical mistakes
- Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis of a medical condition
- Birth injuries
- Prescription errors
- Delay of treatment resulting in aggravation of condition
- Failure to obtain patient’s informed consent prior to treatment
Weiser’s personal injury lawyers recently handled a medical malpractice case against a doctor who failed to properly treat a patient with a palpable mass in her breast. After initially seeing the patient, the doctor failed to order the proper testing and was, therefore, unaware that the mass was malignant. The cancer eventually spread to the woman’s lymph nodes and reduced her chance of long-term survival. Our medical malpractice attorneys presented evidence of the doctor’s negligence and obtained a $1,000,000 award for the woman.
You can read more about this case as well as others our medical malpractice attorneys have handled throughout Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Manhattan, and the Bronx, by visiting the Weiser and Associates Verdicts and Settlements page.