Medical malpractice – a mistake made by a medical or health care professional through negligent act or omission, thereby causing injury to a patient – is alarmingly common. According to a study by Johns Hopkins, “patient safety experts have calculated that more than 250,000 deaths per year are due to medical error in the U.S.”, which makes medical errors the third leading cause of death in our country.
At Kramer, Dilof, Livingston & Moore (KDLM), our medical malpractice attorneys are dedicated to ensuring that our clients get the best results possible, even in the most complex cases. While there are many types of medical malpractice cases, here are examples of some of the most common ones.
If a doctor or medical staff member fails to provide a safe childbirth process, the end result can be a devastating birth injury such as Cerebral palsy, brain damage, Brachial plexus injuries, head trauma, among other conditions. Birth injuries can happen due to a variety of circumstances, including the use of excessive force to extract the baby, delayed C-section, oxygen deprivation or failure to monitor the mother and baby’s condition.
Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis
If a misdiagnosis or delayed medical diagnosis happens, a patient may suffer unnecessarily from pain, physical impairments, mental anguish or even death. Often a misdiagnosis happens when a doctor or medical practitioner fails to recognize key symptoms, fails to examine a patient’s medical history (which may give them a better indication of how to treat the patient), orders an incorrect test and/or interprets test results incorrectly.
A surgical error can happen any time during the surgical process – from preoperative care throughout the surgery to postoperative care. Examples of common surgical errors include medication errors, surgery on the wrong side, unnecessary surgery, anesthesia errors, failure to monitor vital signs, nicking an organ or artery, and infection caused by negligent operative, preoperative and postoperative care.
About Our Medical Malpractice Law Firm
KDLM is an award-winning New York City law firm with extensive experience in medical malpractice. Our unparalleled preparation, aggressive advocacy and large medical malpractice settlements and verdicts have given us recognition as one of the top three law firms in New York representing plaintiffs in medical malpractice. Our team includes a full-time, in-house doctor, three nurses, and access to some of the best medical experts in the country.
KDLM medical malpractice lawyers handle cases involving:
- Emergency room errors
- Surgical errors
- Birth injuries
- Nursing errors
- Surgical errors
- Failure to diagnose / missed diagnosis
We pride ourselves on our extraordinary success rate representing plaintiffs who have suffered severe, life-altering events. Therefore, we are very selective about the cases we accept. We are not appropriate for many types of legal problems. Please read our FAQs first, then call us at (212) 267-4177 to discuss your problems and concerns. We will help guide you to legal representation that makes sense for you.