Manhattan Medical Misdiagnosis
When you visit a doctor, chiropractor, dentist or any other medical professional you expect that the medical professional will provide you with competent, skilled medical care. Unfortunately, mistakes do happen. Sometimes the results of medical mistakes are tragic. Medical malpractice can occur in several different ways. The most common type of malpractice is medical misdiagnosis. As a result of a misdiagnosis or some other type of medical malpractice, each year patients suffer injuries such as paralysis, severe back injuries, birth injuries or even an unwarranted amputation 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 Manhattan medical malpractice lawyer who will review the facts of your case and explain to you your legal options for pursuing a personal injury claim or a wrongful death claim.Hypothetical
Abbey enjoyed working out. She particularly enjoyed lifting weights and other types of weight training. When she started to experience chest pains she thought that she had been lifting too much as strained a muscle. When the pain continued she visited her doctor, who agreed that the problem was a muscle strain. Soon thereafter Abbey suffered a massive heart attack. Fortunately she pulled through. Abbey filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against her doctor, claiming that her doctor did not diagnose coronary artery disease. If he had, Abbey could have received treatment and the heart attacked would like have no happened.Pursuing medical malpractice damages
Under New York law if you suffered a serious injury because a medical professional made a error in diagnosing your problem, you have the right to demand that that person compensate you for the losses you suffered. In the case of medical malpractice, compensable losses are your medical expenses, your lost income, and your pain and suffering.
- Medical expenses: All past and future expenses related to treating the injury that resulting from the malpractice such as the hospital, surgery, laboratory tests, medication, physical therapy and counseling.
- Lost wages: This includes past lost income such as missed paychecks, bonuses, promotions, and other lost compensation as well as future income you will not be able to earn because of the severity of your injury. If you have your own business, if you are not able to work your business is not able to produce income. Thus, you can ask for compensation based on loss of self-employment income.
- Pain and suffering. This includes compensation for having to face severe and perhaps chronic pain or a permanent disability or disfigurement such as paralysis, and the emotional suffering that accompanies such an injury.
If the medical misdiagnosis resulted in a injury to you that is so severe that you are not able to return to work for an extended period if ever, you may be entitled to benefits from the Social Security Administration.
If the misdiagnosis resulted in the death of a loved one, discuss your options for filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the medical professional who made the mistake.Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates
If you or a loved one was injured due to the misdiagnosis by a doctor, chiropractor, dentist or other healthcare professional, you should contact an experienced attorney who understands the legal issues associated with medical malpractice cases. The staff at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates has years of experience successfully representing clients in medical malpractice cases as well as other types of personal injury and wrongful death cases. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.