Medical malpractice is when a medical professional fails to meet the medical profession’s standards when performing any kind of surgery or operation on a patient. It also occurs when the professional fails to diagnosis, misdiagnoses, or does not diagnose in a timely manner 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, absentmindedness, or incompetence. It may also result if the professional has been poorly trained or equipped for the task at hand. 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.
In New York State, 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. Depending on the party responsible, certain situations require some sort of legal action being taken almost immediately.
Because of these multiple factors, it is important to contact a medical malpractice lawyer as soon as you believe you have suffered as the result of medical negligence.