Long Island Medical Malpractice

Having to undergo a medical procedure is generally worrisome. Many of us fear that something will “go wrong.” However, most of us trust that the medical professionals caring for us will do so competently. Unfortunately, all too often mistakes are made and things do go wrong. This is what happened when Susan Skelly-Hand gave birth to her daughter, Rachel Hand. Rachel’s shoulder became lodged against Susan’s pubic bone. Rachel was born with an injury to her brachial plexus and was diagnosed with Erb’s palsy. Skelly-Hand v. Lizardi, 975 N.Y.S.2d 514 (N.Y. App. Div., 2013). When you visit a doctor, chiropractor, dentist or any other medial professional you expect that the medical professional will provide you with competent, skilled medical care. Unfortunately, mistakes do happen. As a result of a medical misdiagnosis or some other type of medical mistake, each year patients suffer injuries such as the birth injury that Rachel Hand suffered, as well as other injuries such as paralysis, severe back injuries, or even unwarranted amputations that require the patient to endure lifelong treatment. Sadly, in many cases the patient does not survive. If you or a loved one has been injured due to medical malpractice it is important to speak with an experienced Staten Island Medical Malpractice Lawyer who will review the facts of your case and explain to you your legal options for pursuing a medical malpractice claim.

Common types of medical malpractice

Medical malpractice claims fall into one of three general categories: failure to diagnose, improper treatment, and failure to warn. Such medical mistakes can happen to a patient seeking any type of medical treatment including in obstetrics, pediatrics, gynecology, oncology, cardiology, plastic surgery, geriatrics and emergency room care. For example, a medical malpractice claim can be based on a birth injury such as cerebral palsy, failure to diagnose a serious condition such as cancer, surgical errors, medication errors, and mistakes made by the nursing staff.

Patients injured by malpractice in New York are entitled to compensation for their resulting medical expenses related to the breach of care. A successful claim can also result in damages for:

  • Lost wages, including lost future wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Cost of physical therapy

If the patient died due to a medical mistake, the victim's family can pursue compensation by filing a wrongful death claim.


Robert Messina was taken to a hospital with a life-threatening medical condition. Messina developed severe bedsores that lead to a debilitating hip infection and other complications. Messina's injuries are permanent and now must use a wheelchair. Robert Messina filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a nurse, arguing that he was left unattended for extended periods. Because of that, Messina developed bedsores. Messina v. Staten Island University Hospital, 2012 NY Slip Op 33636(U) (N.Y. Sup. Ct., 2012). Messina was awarded nearly $3,000,000 in pain and suffering, plus compensation for medical expenses and loss of future earnings.

Long Island Medical Malpractice Lawyer

If you or a loved one was injured due to the incompetence of a healthcare professional, you should contact an experienced attorney who understands the legal issues associated with medical malpractice cases. Stephen Bilkis and Associates is experienced in successfully representing victims in medical malpractice cases involving medical misdiagnosis, failure to warn, improper treatment, as well as other types of medical malpractice claims. In addition, we also represent clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases stemming from auto accidents, slip and fall accidents, and other types of accidents. Contact us at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW (1-800-696-9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We serve those injured in accidents in the following locations:

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