Medical negligence in a hospital setting has the potential to change lives of both the patients and their loved ones. In fact, medical malpractice is responsible for more deaths each year than AIDS, car accidents and breast cancer combined.
When a hospital patient sustains fatal or serious injuries that could have been avoided through a reasonable standard of care, it is known as hospital negligence. This type of malpractice can result in premature death, permanent injuries, and a lifetime of corrective procedures and medical care.
Hospital negligence often carries catastrophic consequences, but a successful claim can yield compensation that earns back some quality of life. Unfortunately, the statute of limitations on most malpractice lawsuits is just two years. In some cases, it may be less.
Don’t let time run out. If you or a loved one has been injured due to hospital negligence, contact a New York medical malpractice lawyer at The Sanders Firm to discuss your case and explore your legal rights. Our firm has a sterling reputation for winning and settling personal injury claims arising from the negligence of hospitals, surgeons, physicians, and other heathcare providers.
Types of hospital negligence
Doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, and other medical staff employed by a hospital undertake extensive training and have completed many years of education to earn the right to care for patients. However, even the smallest of errors, lapses in communication or breaches in safety protocol can cause a patient to sustain lasting injury, or even death.
By law, New York hospitals and clinics must abide by specific procedures and policies to ensure patient health is a top priority. But when healthcare professionals fail to provide the accepted standard of care, and patients are injured as a result, hospitals and their employees may be held liable in a court of law.
Our medical malpractice team handles all types of hospital negligence cases, including:
- Birth injuries, including those that involve forceps, cerebral palsy, and brain damage
- Anesthesia mistakes
- Emergency room errors
- Surgical error
- Delays in or failure to diagnose a medical condition
- Negligent testing
- Medication errors
- Hospital acquired infection
- Injury from delayed surgery
- Improper consent to a medical procedure or surgery
Rather than holding an individual doctor or healthcare practitioner responsible for serious injuries, some plaintiffs who file a New York medical malpractice lawsuit also name the institution liable for any medical mistakes that caused them harm. The grim reality is that many injuries stemming from hospital negligence are entirely preventable.
NY hospital mistakes leave victims with life-altering injuries
Take the recent case of Stacey Galette, who almost died in 2009 after a Long Island hospital punctured her colon during a removal of an ectopic pregnancy. As an alleged result, the 33 year-old New York woman suffered blood poisoning and gangrene, and ultimately lost both of her legs below the knee.
A recent report published in the Journal of Patient Safety found that preventable hospital errors account for some 440,000 deaths each year. To put that number in perspective, that makes hospital negligence the third leading cause of death in the country. As a patient, it’s inherently difficult to accurately measure a hospital’s safety record, as public reporting is poor.
At The Sanders Firm, we believe that a hospital is charged with helping patients live longer, healthier lives, and gross negligence that results in injury or death should never be tolerated. If you have been seriously injured or acquired an infectious disease from a hospital visit, you owe it to both yourself and your loved ones to explore your legal rights.
How New York medical malpractice lawyers can help
With over 46 years experience in medical malpractice law, the attorneys at The Sanders Firm offer you compassion, dedication and legal expertise. We understand the life-changing impact of your injuries, and know how to fight to secure the compensation you deserve. To us, justice means enabling you to pay for the care and treatment you need, because you shouldn’t have the bear the financial burden of a hospital’s mistake.
A successful medical malpractice lawsuit may protect other patients from future harm, while helping victims recover damages for such losses as:
- Past, present and future medical care
- Lost income
- Reduced earning capacity
- Out of pocket expenses
- Diminished quality of life
- Pain and suffering
We understand the emotional, physical and economic tolls associated with a serious injury or premature loss of a loved one. And you can count on our team of highly credentialed attorneys, medical experts and support staff not only for legal advocacy, but also for steadfast and compassionate support during the entire litigation process.
Contact The Sanders Firm today
A simple miscommunication between hospital personnel, an incorrect lab analysis, or a missed diagnosis can result in life-long injuries and losses for you and your family. If you or a loved one has been directly affected by hospital negligence in New York—including Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, or Long Island— The Sanders Firm can help you take legal action, ensuring you are fairly compensated for all losses.
During your no-obligation, free consultation, we’ll discuss the details of your case and determine whether you’re eligible for monetary damages. Our attorneys only get paid when you do, since we operate on a contingency fee basis. Please call The Sanders Firm today at 1.800 FAIR PLAY (800.324.7752).
- Daily News, Woman lost legs because of LI hospital’s negligence, lawyer tells Brooklyn jury http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/woman-lost-legs-due-hospital-negligence-jury-hears-article-1.1506707
- NY Times Blog, To Make Hospitals Less Deadly, a Dose of Data http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/04/to-make-hospitals-less-deadly-a-dose-of-data/’
- New York Times, Hospitals Profit From Surgical Errors, Study Finds http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/17/health/hospitals-profit-from-surgical-errors-study-finds.html
- New York Post, Blood on their hands: Man dies after transfusion mix-up at Coney Island Hospital http://nypost.com/2013/07/14/blood-on-their-hands-man-dies-after-transfusion-mix-up-at-coney-island-hospital/