When you hear people mention medical malpractice, do you know what they mean? At Sackstein, Sackstein & Lee, LLP—with locations in Garden City, Flushing, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, NY—the experienced personal injury attorneys enjoy educating the public about legal terminology and their rights. Here, one of them discusses medical malpractice and what to do when it occurs.
An Overview of Medical Malpractice
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or other health care professional fails to meet the standard of care required in diagnosing or treating a patient’s condition, and the patient is injured or dies as a result. When a patient passes away due to medical malpractice, the passing is considered a wrongful death.
Medical Malpractice Examples
Personal injury attorneys know that numerous acts can constitute medical malpractice. Doctors can fail to take steps necessary to diagnose illnesses until they worsen, or they may make proper diagnoses but prescribe the wrong medications. Nurses can give patients the right medications in the wrong doses. Pharmacists may receive correct prescriptions but misread the doctor’s orders and fill the prescriptions incorrectly. Surgeons operate on the wrong body parts or leave surgical sponges in patients after surgery.
What to Do When Medical Malpractice Occurs
When individuals know or suspect medical malpractice has occurred, they should consult an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. These are complex cases, and attorneys typically want to begin investigating and gathering evidence quickly before it is altered or destroyed.
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If you suspect you or loved ones have suffered a medical malpractice injury, contact Sackstein, Sackstein & Lee, LLP in New York immediately. Call (888) 519-6400 or visit them online for an appointment with an experienced personal injury attorney. Check out their Facebook and Twitter pages for up-to-the-minute posts.