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What New Yorkers need to know about medical malpractice in New York

BY: Deena David | Category: Social Issues | Post Date: 2010-01-13

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New York is one of the most crucial places where medical malpractice is common. Any big city is sure to have unscrupulous people trying to cheat and make money from their patients. It is a big problem for the doctors living in the United States. New York is the place where new medical practices and medical instruments are being invented every now and then. So there are lots of things to do for a doctor. It not only helps for saving life and better treatment but also helps doctor to get a better opportunity to avoid a situation where medical malpractice is possible. In spite of these advancements, malpractice in New York is prevalent.

Even small cases of negligence are malpractice:

Most of the people think that only bigger medical cases need a lawsuit, but it is wrong because even a very small case can be part of medical malpractice. You can easily file a lawsuit when you are a victim of any sort of medical malpractices, as an example it can be normal pain negligence from a doctor, nurse, surgeon or any other health care professional. There are different types of negligence that could take place.

What constitutes malpractice?

You can easily judge if you are victim of medical malpractice or not because, as a patient you have to think reasonably that what could be the common choice of treatment in your situation. Suppose you had pancreatic cancer and the doctor did chemotherapy in you right hand which has no connection with your cancer zone, this is would be a case of medical malpractice. It is a duty of a doctor to diagnose the disease properly also treating the problem carefully and appropriately. There are some cases of gross negligence that is unimaginable where the wrong patient is operated or the wrong site is operated. There are also many instances of surgeons leaving bits of surgical material inside the patient before suturing them.

The first step in a case of malpractice:

As a citizen of New York City you must know that there has been a large number of cases of medical malpractices in the past few years and the number is only rising because of various factors. Actually a great numbers of doctors from different places are practicing here so it is natural that it would create a difference in treatment method and medical charts and it is the vital cause of medical malpractice in New York. So if you feel that you or your family member is a victim of medical malpractice then you must immediately start the process of consulting a lawyer.

Medical malpractice in New York can be controlled by stringent action on the health care professionals who are not toeing the line of their professional organizations. There are many people who work for the sake of the money involved and these are the ones who make mistakes. If the individual is one who really cares for the patient, then there will be no cases of medical malpractice. This has to be taken into account and the selection process of health professionals should also be more stringent to make them more responsible for their patients.

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