At Rheingold, Valet, Rheingold, Ruffo & Giuffra LLP, our New York medical malpractice lawyers have been helping people with medical malpractice claims for over 30 years. If you or someone close to you has been injured because of the negligent actions of a doctor, nurse, anesthesiologist or any other health care professional or facility, we can help you pursue compensation through a medical malpractice claim.
Contact us today online or by telephone at 888-335-9457 to speak with a knowledgeable New York medical malpractice law firm.
Errors In Emergency Room Triage
Medical errors committed by emergency room (ER) health care providers, including physicians and nurses, can result in the loss of life or limb. Regardless of the circumstances, a best-possible legal result is dependent on a thorough legal investigation and aggressive, skilled and knowledgeable negotiation and litigation.
One of the cardinal rules of an emergency room is that doctors should treat the patient with the most serious or life-threatening injuries before any other. So a patient with possible brain damage is treated before another patient with a broken arm. This process is known as triage.
When a doctor fails to correctly assess the severity of a patient's injury and treat it in a timely manner, that person can suffer lasting harm or even death that might have otherwise been avoided. Emergency room personnel must make accurate decisions in order to ensure that patients with the most severe conditions do not have to wait an excessive period of time to be treated. If this system fails due to a doctor's underassessment, that doctor may be held liable for medical malpractice.
Misread Test Results
One of the most common mistakes made in the ER occurs when doctors misread test results. If you or someone you know has been harmed as a result of misread medical test results, you may be a victim of medical malpractice.
Doctors rely heavily on test results such as toxicity screens, EKGs, X-rays, and CT scans. When doctors fail to properly interpret test results serious medical problems can result, including untreated and metastasized cancer and preventable strokes, aneurysms and heart attacks. If this occurs due to negligence such as failure to request a proper consultation or missing a common sign of a serious injury, that doctor could be liable for medical malpractice.
Misdiagnosis Or The Failure To Diagnose
Many people who have a serious illness have a higher chance of survival if their disease is diagnosed early on and proper treatment plans are followed. Unfortunately, mistakes and oversight can lead to delayed diagnoses. This allows the illness to increase in severity, which may prolong treatment. In some instances, the illness may advance past a treatable state.
Diagnosing Of Breast Cancer
Breast cancer can be treated successfully if detected early on. But when medical professionals fail to read warning signs or take appropriate actions when risk factors exist, people may be left to suffer. Common warning signs of breast cancer include suspicious lumps, nipple discharges, pain and swelling. If one of these signs is not recognized, or is seen but not properly examined, the cancer is left to grow and spread.
Another way in which breast cancer can go undetected is through misread mammograms. If properly utilized, mammograms can give doctors warning signs about tumors and irregularities in breast tissue. If doctors fail to recognize these warnings or fail to take appropriate measures when they do, the cancerous tissue can grow and spread to the point where it is untreatable. If the results of a mammogram are unclear or ambiguous, the physician must follow up on the results and seek further information.
Have You Suffered Due to Medical Malpractice?
There are many ways in which medical negligence can lead to a serious injury or even wrongful death. Errors and misdiagnosis can take place in the operating room or the emergency room, while diagnosing medical problems, or treating a condition, or prescribing medication.
At Rheingold, Valet, Rheingold, Ruffo & Giuffra LLP, we handle a wide range of medical malpractice claims, including those involving:
- Obstetrical malpractice
- Birth injury
- Brain damaged babies
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb's palsy
- Shoulder dystocia
- Brachial plexus injury
- Failure to diagnose cancer
- Delayed diagnosis of breast cancer
- Misread mammograms
- Nursing home abuse
Our attorneys offer attentive and individualized representation and to each and every one of our clients. We will carefully discuss every aspect of your case to ascertain your legal needs and objectives. We then determine the most appropriate course of legal action to take. We are experienced trial lawyers and legal educators. We have a long track record of successful results, winning favorable settlements and jury awards for our valued clients.
For more information, please visit our medical malpractice information center.
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If you have suffered due to medical malpractice and are seeking legal guidance, please contact us today online or by telephone at 888-335-9457 to speak with an experienced New York law firm. Our law office is conveniently located in a brownstone in Midtown Manhattan located at 113 East 37th Street.