Medical malpractice occurs when medical professionals fail to meet their profession’s standards when performing any kind of surgery or operation on a patient or fail to diagnosis, misdiagnose or not timely diagnose a disease or condition. If the outcome of this negligence leads to the condition becoming worse, lasting longer, or becoming fatal, the patient and/or parties who suffered from that mistreatment have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the medical professional responsible.
Medical malpractice occurs often, and for a wide range of reasons. Medical negligence may be the product of a medical professional’s apathy or absentmindedness or incompetence, among other factors. In the end, whatever the reason for medical malpractice, the end result for the patient is the same -- pain and suffering, out-of-control medical bills, and a situation that needs to be remedied.
Each state has its owns regulations for filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. Those invested in suing for medical malpractice must be aware of the time constraints instituted by each state. In the state of New York, a medical malpractice suit must be brought to court within two and a half years of the negligent act or from the end of a continuous treatment that caused harm to the patient. but again, depending on the party responsible, certain situations require some sort of legal action being taken almost immediately.
Therefore, it is important to contact a medical malpractice lawyer as soon as you believe you have suffered as the result of medical negligence.