Experiencing poor treatment in a medical setting can be extremely distressing. The chances are that you are already feeling worn out and anxious as a result of your illness or injury. The last thing you need is to discover that your condition has been made worse by an error on the part of the professionals in whom you had placed your trust. Sadly, this is a reality that people in New York face every year.
When a medical professional's negligence causes you harm, it is understandable that you might not only be upset, but also angry. You may be keen to report the issue and perhaps even take legal action. One option you might consider is filing a medical malpractice suit. Not only can this highlight the potential danger the responsible party might pose to other patients, but it may also lead to you receiving some remuneration for your mistreatment.
Some of the damages that can be covered by a successful claim include pain, both mental and physical, current and future medical expenses, disfigurement and loss of wages or earning capacity.
Of course, there are many more matters for which you may be able to recover damages, but every case is unique. The amount you receive and the type of damages you can claim for can depend on a number of factors, so it can be complex to figure out alone. Fortunately, a lawyer with Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, PC in NYC may be able to advise you about your options and help to ensure that you receive the justice and compensation that you deserve.
What really happened? Who is to blame? How do you get justice for your child? Who will help you make the responsible parties pay?
When your child suffers a birth injury, you are left with a lot of difficult questions. You probably already know that you cannot rely on the doctors or hospital staff to give you straightforward answers. All you know is that something terrible happened.
Cerebral palsy is a permanent condition that impairs the control of movement due to damage to the brain in its development. Although cerebral palsy symptoms are not immediately recognizable after birth, symptoms are usually evident by the time the baby should begin to crawl and participate in other toddler and young childhood activities. Cerebral palsy is recognized as the most common cause of chronic childhood disability.
Erb's palsy is the more common term for a birth injury known medically as brachial plexus injury, or paralysis of the baby's shoulder, arm and hand when the brachial plexus nerves are pinched as the baby travels through the birth canal during delivery.
Fetal Distress & Abrupted Placenta
Delivery room professionals are responsible for monitoring and evaluating the well-being of the mother and baby during labor. Obstetricians are trained to perform timely C-sections when the fetus is in distress because of conditions such as hypoxia or a premature separation of the placenta from the uterus, a condition known as abrupted placenta. If Ob/Gyn professionals fail to respond quickly to fetal distress, a safe delivery could be put at great risk.
Labor & Delivery Injuries
When physicians, obstetricians or midwives make mistakes, both the mother and newborn are put at great risk. At the firm of Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., we are committed to holding OBGYN professionals accountable for failing to recognize and respond quickly to signs of a complicated labor and delivery.
Newborn Respiratory Distress Syndrome
Premature babies are often susceptible to respiratory distress syndrome. This is a medical complication related to structural immaturity in the baby's lungs. Infants with respiratory distress syndrome cannot produce pulmonary surfactant, which is designed to coat the lungs and prevent them from collapsing. Newborns with respiratory distress syndrome show breathing problems almost immediately and need proper medical care to reduce the chances of serious and life-threatening complications.
Pediatric & Infant Care Malpractice
When children are the victims of medical malpractice, the results can be especially devastating. Life-altering injuries caused by pediatric malpractice or negligence at a children's hospital can result in life-threatening consequences. Someone has to fight for justice.
Pre-eclampsia is a serious pregnancy complication that can be deadly if not managed appropriately. Doctors must respond quickly, providing emergency medical treatment to save the lives of the mother and her unborn child. Unfortunately, they sometimes fail to do so.
In today's hospitals, surgical patients are seen by so many people - untrained residents, exhausted doctors, overworked nurses. Unfortunately, it has become almost inevitable for someone to make a mistake. When a surgical error results in a serious injury or wrongful death, the legal team at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., wants to hear about it.
X-rays, MRIs and CAT scans are commonly used medical diagnostic tools. Doctors and surgeons must be able to read and interpret the results from those tests correctly. X-ray technicians have a major responsibility to ensure that the patient is kept safe from excess radiation, while also getting the X-rays required by physicians.
Emergency Room Errors
Emergency rooms nationwide are overburdened. Staff members are overworked. Facilities are under funded. Even in the best-run hospitals, ER negligence sometimes occurs. Life-threatening conditions go undiagnosed and untreated. Lives are lost and families suffer.
Misdiagnosis & Failure to Diagnose
When you go to a doctor, we are bringing our trust with us. We rely on medical professionals to provide the right diagnosis and treatment plan for our health condition. When a doctor makes a mistake that causes delayed treatment or improper medications, the results can be disastrous and even fatal.
Dental professionals, including dentists, orthodontists and oral surgeons, need to be knowledgeable and up to date on new products and techniques that come along, and make sure their staff is also kept informed. Unfortunately, mistakes and negligence can lead to serious dental problems that can require years of subsequent treatment.
Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
Nursing homes have a profound responsibility to properly care for people who cannot care for themselves. It is not normal or acceptable for residents of nursing homes to have decubitus ulcers/pressure ulcers (bedsores), fall from beds or demonstrate signs of dehydration or malnourishment. If you or a family member has suffered a serious injury in a long-term care facility such as a nursing home, rehabilitation facility or assistive living facility, we encourage you to seek legal counsel.
What Should You Do If You Suspect Malpractice?
Many patients in New York are faced with a difficult dilemma. They know they are unwell and they feel like they should trust their doctor's judgment. However, they also feel that their condition is getting worse, not better, or that the diagnosis simply does not seem right. However, without any medical expertise, it can be hard to challenge the opinions of the professionals helping you. Unfortunately, if you have been misdiagnosed, this could have a serious impact on your recovery.
If you are unhappy with your treatment or diagnosis, it is usually wise to seek a second opinion. If nothing else, it should give you some peace of mind. While most medical professionals work hard to ensure their patients receive the best care, a few are inefficient, negligent or simply bad at their jobs. If you suspect your doctor or another medical professional has breached their duty of care, you might want to consider filing a malpractice lawsuit.
It is important to document every stage of the process, from the dates of your diagnosis and treatment, to the point at which you realized something was wrong and any further developments after that. There are time limits on medical malpractice claims and if you miss the window, you may be unable to receive compensation regardless of the merit of your claim.
If you are unhappy with how you have been treated by your doctors or other professionals, you may benefit from the advice of an attorney with Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, PC in New York City. We can advise you on what to do next and whether you are likely to have any success if you decide to take legal action against those responsible.
Contact us at 212-514-5007 today.