Medical malpractice is a fairly well-known area of personal injury legal practice, but what is less commonly known is just how many different forms of medical malpractice there are. Medical malpractice refers to negligent behavior or a mistake made by a medical professional that causes further injury. Many people take this to mean an error in surgery, for example, that results in other health complications. While such a mistake would qualify as medical malpractice, there are other types of negligent behavior that may not be so obvious.
Did you know that a misdiagnosis or a delayed diagnosis could constitute medical malpractice? If a doctor fails or is late in diagnosing a medical issue, the issue could cause your health to deteriorate and lead to other, life-altering concerns. For example, we once represented a client who lost parts of his intestines because his doctor failed to diagnose a clotted artery. If the medical professional had diagnosed the artery correctly and on time, the patient would not have suffered this loss.
Of course there is more to a medical misdiagnosis than simply suffering from an illness that could have been prevented. After all, doctors are not perfect, and depending on the circumstances, it may be very difficult for them to perfectly diagnose an issue. This is why you have to prove that other doctors of similar experience and expertise could have reasonably been expected to properly diagnose the issue.
That is where legal assistance can come in handy. Our webpage on delayed diagnosis can give you more information about what to look for and how to move forward with your claim. New York has some of the best doctors in the world, and it can be difficult to prove that they were negligent in their practice. Fortunately, an attorney who has experience with medical malpractice can help you build a strong case to get the compensation you deserve.