Parker Waichman LLP is a New York-based law firm that helps people who were injured by negligent doctors and other healthcare professionals. We are here to help answer any questions about a patient’s legal rights and whether they can pursue a case against a healthcare professional or medical facility.
Unfortunately, medical malpractice is more common than you would think. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), more than 225,000 people experience it every year due to something a doctor has done. There are 12,000 deaths due to unnecessary surgery, 7,000 deaths from medication errors in hospitals, and 80,000 deaths from hospital infections.
What Constitutes Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice happens when a patient is hurt because a doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional fails to provide a standard level of care. Examples of medical malpractice include a wrong diagnosis, incorrect medication dosage, or errors in treatment or aftercare. Negligence happens when the patient is harmed because nothing is done (it’s an act of omission).
In a medical malpractice lawsuit, the person suing has to show that the healthcare provider breached or violated their duty to the patient. They also have to show that the patient suffered an injury, and that this injury was caused by the healthcare provider’s breach.
Medical Malpractice Risk in New York and Worst Hospital Ratings
According to an article in American Medical News, some of the highest medical malpractice premiums are in New York. Furthermore, a Consumer Reports analysis has found that many New York City hospitals perform poorly when it comes to patient safety. Among the five lowest scoring hospitals, four were in New York City and the Westchester area. They include:
- Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx (68% worse than national average)
- Forest Hills Hospital in Queens (62 % worse than national average)
- St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Yonkers, Westchester ( 62% worse than national average)
- St. John’s Riverside Hospital in Yonkers, Westchester (62% worse than national average)
The ratings for these hospitals were based on four things: hospital infections, readmissions, discharge instructions and medication instructions. Unfortunately for many New Yorkers, most hospitals in the New York City and Westchester area scored lower than the national average when it came to these measures.
What If You or a Loved One is the Victim of Medical Malpractice?
If you or a loved one were affected by a case of medical malpractice, we’re here to help. For years, our firm has successfully represented individuals from New York who were injured due to the negligence of others. We have helped bring justice to negligent healthcare professionals in New York who were responsible for horrific consequences. If you have any questions about your legal rights, feel free to fill out our online form or call our office 212-267-6700.