Consider a hypothetical, in which you have suffered an injury that requires surgery. You undergo the procedure, and after a few days the hospital releases you to go back home.
You think that the worst is behind you. A little recovery time, and you’ll be back to your old self.
But as the days turn into weeks, something still seems wrong. You feel lingering pain at the site of the surgery. Indeed, instead of getting better, it seems to be getting worse. But when you go back to the hospital to inquire about why it is taking so long to fully heal, a doctor reassures you that there is nothing to worry about. He tells you to avoid eating spicy foods. You go along with his instruction.
But the pain persists. It finally reaches the point where you have to miss work and family activities. Even worse, you begin to notice blood in your urine. You go back to the hospital again, but this time an X-ray or an MRI reveals a strange lump inside you. On closer examination, it turns out that the "lump" is a surgical sponge. It was left inside you when the surgery was performed, and has been festering ever since. Additional surgeries later, it is finally removed.
You know that is not right. You know that you have suffered harm as a result. But what can you do about it?
What you have just read above is an example, taken from real life, of medical malpractice. And it is not an unusual example. There are many other kinds of medical mistakes that you may experience when you are treated by a doctor or a hospital. They range from the temporarily debilitating to the potentially lethal.
Medical malpractice is something that you can seek financial recovery from, but usually not without a fight. Hospitals and insurers may stand behind a doctor who was negligent, and they will hire attorneys of their own. The government of New York may also impose procedural requirements and restrictions on how you can make a claim.
If you believe that you have been a victim of medical malpractice, you would do well to seek an ally to represent your interests. That is what we at Braunfotel & Frendel do: we are your advocate to vigorously champion your claim, and to deal with the other side in negotiations and in litigation if necessary.
To learn more about how we can help you if you have been injured as a patient, please check our medical malpractice webpage.