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At Roth & Khalife LLP, our dedicated NYC medical malpractice lawyers understand the gravity of medical negligence and its impact on your life. We are committed to providing compassionate yet assertive legal representation to those who have suffered due to medical malpractice. For immediate medical malpractice help, contact us today.

What is Medical Malpractice in New York City?

Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional deviates from the standard of care, resulting in injury or harm to a patient. These cases can involve misdiagnosis, surgical errors, medication mistakes, and more. In the bustling healthcare environment of New York City, such instances can be distressingly common yet complex in nature.

What is a NYC Medical Malpractice Lawyer?

At Roth & Khalife LLP, we provide legal services to those affected by medical malpractice in New York City. Our team understands the complexities of medical negligence cases and is committed to supporting our clients through every step of the process.

Our Role in Your Medical Malpractice Case:

Comprehensive Case Analysis

We diligently review medical records and consult with healthcare professionals to assess the validity of each claim.

Legal Representation and Support

Our team guides clients through the legal proceedings, from negotiations to trial, if necessary.

Navigating New York’s Legal Environment

We are well-versed in the nuances of New York’s laws and regulations surrounding medical malpractice.

Pursuing Fair Compensation

We aim to secure compensation for damages such as medical costs, lost income, and emotional distress.

Client Advocacy

We are dedicated to representing the interests of our clients, ensuring their voices are heard and their rights are protected.

At Roth & Khalife LLP, we are committed to providing personalized attention and legal support to those impacted by medical malpractice in New York City.

Statute of Limitations in NY or Medical Malpractice 

The statute of limitations for medical malpractice in New York is a crucial legal timeframe within which a victim of medical malpractice must file a lawsuit. Here’s an overview of the key points:

Standard Timeframe

In New York, the general statute of limitations for filing a medical malpractice lawsuit is two years and six months from the date of the malpractice incident or from the end of continuous treatment by the healthcare provider in question. This gives victims a 30-month period to file a civil suit for monetary damages​​​​.

Ongoing Course of Treatment

If the healthcare provider’s error occurred as part of an ongoing course of treatment, the 30-month statutory period does not start until the course of treatment is completed. This provision ensures that patients receiving continuous treatment have adequate time to recognize and act upon any malpractice that might have occurred during their care​​​​.

Exceptions and Special Considerations

There are exceptions to this standard timeframe. For instance, there’s a tolling period for minors, meaning the statute of limitations is extended to accommodate the age and legal status of younger patients. Additionally, specific rules apply in cases where the malpractice wasn’t immediately discovered, known as the “discovery rule”​​​​.

Understanding these guidelines is essential for anyone considering a medical malpractice lawsuit in New York. The statutes are designed to balance the need for timely legal action with the recognition that some cases of malpractice may not be immediately evident, especially in ongoing treatment scenarios.

Compensation for Damages in a New York Medical Malpractice Case

In a New York medical malpractice case, compensation for damages is intended to cover the various losses and harms suffered by the victim. Here are the key types of compensation typically pursued:

Medical Expenses

This includes costs for current and future medical care related to the injury caused by the malpractice. It covers hospital stays, surgeries, medications, physical therapy, and any other medical treatments necessary.

Lost Wages and Earning Capacity

Compensation can be sought for lost wages if the injury caused the victim to miss work. If the malpractice results in a disability that affects the victim’s ability to work in the future, compensation for lost future earning capacity can also be claimed.

Pain and Suffering

This covers the physical pain and emotional distress suffered by the victim due to the injury. It acknowledges the non-economic impact of the injury, including loss of enjoyment of life, depression, anxiety, and other psychological effects.

Loss of Consortium

In cases where the victim’s injury affects their relationship with their spouse, compensation for loss of consortium can be sought. This addresses the impact on the spouse’s companionship, affection, and sexual relationship.

Punitive Damages

While less common, punitive damages may be awarded in cases where the defendant’s conduct was particularly reckless or egregious. These damages are intended to punish the wrongdoer and deter similar conduct in the future.

It’s important to note that each medical malpractice case is unique, and the types and amounts of compensation will vary depending on the specifics of the case. In New York, a skilled medical malpractice lawyer can help navigate these complexities and work towards securing the appropriate compensation for the victim’s losses and suffering.

Common Types of Medical Malpractice 

Common types of medical malpractice include:

Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis

Incorrectly diagnosing or failing to diagnose a serious condition, leading to delayed treatment and potentially worsening the patient’s condition.

Surgical Errors

Mistakes during surgery, such as operating on the wrong site, leaving surgical instruments inside the body, or performing the wrong procedure.

Medication Errors

Prescribing the wrong medication or dosage, resulting in adverse effects.

Birth Injuries

Injuries to the baby or mother during childbirth, often due to negligence during delivery.

Failure to Treat

Failing to provide appropriate treatment for a diagnosed condition, or prematurely discharging a patient.

Medical Product Liability

Harm caused by defective medical devices or products.

Anesthesia Errors

Mistakes in administering anesthesia, leading to complications or death.

Failure to Follow Up

Neglecting to follow up on a patient’s treatment or test results, potentially missing critical changes in the patient’s condition.

Emergency Room Errors

Mistakes made in the high-pressure environment of an emergency room, such as misreading tests or failing to diagnose a critical condition.

Anesthesia Overdose

Administering too much anesthesia or failing to monitor a patient’s vital signs while under anesthesia, leading to serious complications.

Improper Treatment

Providing treatment that is inappropriate for the patient’s condition or using unproven methods, resulting in harm.

Hospital-Acquired Infections

Infections contracted due to unsanitary conditions or improper care in a hospital setting.

Failure to Obtain Informed Consent

Not properly informing a patient about the risks, benefits, and alternatives of a treatment or procedure, and not obtaining their explicit consent.

Laboratory Errors

Mistakes in lab testing, such as mislabeling samples, incorrect test interpretation, or reporting wrong results.

Radiological Errors

Errors in reading or interpreting imaging studies like X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs, leading to misdiagnosis or delayed treatment.

Failure to Recognize Symptoms

Overlooking or misinterpreting symptoms that indicate a serious condition, delaying appropriate intervention.

Neglect in Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care Facilities

This includes failure to provide basic care, leading to bedsores, malnutrition, or abuse.

These instances demonstrate how healthcare professionals’ actions or inactions can have serious implications for patient safety and well-being.

Who is Liable in a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit? 

In a medical malpractice lawsuit, determining liability is a critical aspect. Various parties can be held liable depending on the circumstances of the case. Commonly liable parties include:

Healthcare Professionals

This includes doctors, nurses, surgeons, anesthetists, and any other medical staff directly involved in the patient’s care. Liability arises if they fail to provide the standard of care expected in their professional capacity, leading to patient harm.

Hospitals and Medical Facilities

If the malpractice occurred due to systemic issues like understaffing, inadequate training, or insufficient protocols, the hospital or facility where the malpractice took place might be held liable.

Medical Groups or Practices

In cases where a group of healthcare professionals operates as a team, the entire practice might be liable for the negligence of one member.

Pharmaceutical Companies

If malpractice is linked to a defective drug or improper labeling, the pharmaceutical company responsible for producing or distributing the medication can be held liable.

Manufacturers of Medical Devices

When malpractice is related to a faulty medical device or equipment, the manufacturer of these products can be held accountable.

Contracted Medical Service Providers

These include laboratories, radiology centers, or any other third-party services that contribute to the patient’s care. Errors or negligence on their part can lead to a liability claim.

Consulting Physicians

Sometimes, consultants or specialists who offer medical advice or opinions that lead to patient harm can be held liable.

In a medical malpractice lawsuit, it’s crucial to thoroughly investigate the case to identify all potentially liable parties. This ensures that responsibility is accurately assigned, and the victim receives appropriate compensation from those at fault.

Our Approach to Medical Malpractice Cases

Our experienced attorneys offer personalized legal services, understanding that each case is unique. We thoroughly investigate every aspect of your claim, consulting with medical experts and reviewing medical records to build a strong case. Our goal is to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve for the physical, emotional, and financial hardships you have endured.

Why Choose Roth & Khalife LLP for Your Medical Malpractice Case?

  • Experience: With over 30 years in the field, our attorneys have extensive knowledge and experience in handling complex medical malpractice cases in New York City.
  • Personalized Attention: We provide personalized attention to each case, ensuring that your story is heard and your rights are protected.
  • Proven Track Record: Our firm has a history of successfully securing fair compensation for victims of medical malpractice.
  • No Fee Unless We Win: We operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay nothing unless we successfully recover compensation on your behalf.

Free Consultation and Case Evaluation

We offer a free consultation to evaluate your medical malpractice claim. During this consultation, we will discuss the details of your case and provide you with an understanding of your legal options.

Contact Us Today

If you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice in New York City, don’t wait to seek legal assistance. Contact Roth & Khalife LLP today to schedule your free consultation and take the first step towards justice.

Medical Malpractice FAQs

What is considered medical malpractice in NYC?

Medical malpractice in NYC occurs when a healthcare professional deviates from the standard of care, causing harm to a patient. This can include misdiagnosis, surgical errors, medication mistakes, and failure to provide proper treatment.

How long do I have to file a medical malpractice lawsuit in NYC?

In New York, you generally have two years and six months from the date of the malpractice or the end of continuous treatment to file a lawsuit. There are exceptions, so it’s crucial to consult with a lawyer promptly.

Who can be held liable in a medical malpractice case?

Liable parties can include doctors, nurses, hospitals, medical practices, pharmaceutical companies, and manufacturers of medical devices, depending on the case specifics.

What kind of compensation can I receive?

Compensation may cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and in some cases, punitive damages.

Do I need a lawyer for a medical malpractice claim in NYC?

While not legally required, having a lawyer is highly advisable due to the complexity of medical malpractice cases and the intricate laws and regulations in New York.

What if a loved one died due to medical malpractice?

In such cases, you may file a wrongful death lawsuit. Compensation can include funeral expenses, loss of future income, and loss of companionship.

How is negligence proven in a medical malpractice case?

Proving negligence involves demonstrating that a healthcare provider failed to meet the standard of care and that this failure directly caused harm. This often requires medical expert testimony.

Can I sue for a misdiagnosis?

Yes, if the misdiagnosis led to improper or delayed treatment and resulted in harm, it could be grounds for a malpractice lawsuit.

What is informed consent in medical malpractice?

Informed consent means that a patient has been fully informed about the risks, benefits, and alternatives of a treatment and has agreed to it. Lack of informed consent can be a form of malpractice.

Are there caps on damages in NYC medical malpractice cases?

New York does not have a cap on either economic or non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases.