When we are sick or in need of a surgical procedure, we entrust our lives in the hands of what we perceive to be competent healthcare professionals in our local hospitals. What we don’t anticipate and think about is a physician or medical professional providing substandard care that will ultimately result in serious personal injuries or even a fatality.
Devastating cases of medical malpractice lawsuits resulting from unacceptable medical care result in serious personal injuries and outstanding medical malpractice claims each year. In 2012, New York City paid $131 million in malpractice settlements, including a seven-figure payoff to a man whose wife suffered severe injuries from a botched epidural during a routine C-section. In yet another case, a husband got a $10 million settlement when his wife was left paralyzed from two epidural procedures at Kings County Hospital in New York.
Safety Standards Result in Lower Malpractice Claims
Although the $131 million medical malpractice payout from last year seems high, it is slightly lower than the $134 million paid the previous year in settlements. This slight reduction is in part due to a specialized legal team that was put together within the public Health and Hospitals Corporation to specifically prevent surgical screw-ups and expensive medical malpractice suits.
Even though such committees have proven to be somewhat effective, patients are still at risk for avoidable injuries caused by reckless or negligent physicians, especially in the local hospitals.
Contact an Experienced New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If you or a loved one has suffered further health complications or injuries due to substandard care provided by a New York hospital or medical professional, you may be entitled to compensation.
At Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. our New York medical malpractice lawyers are dedicated to getting our clients the full amount of compensation they deserve. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation, call us at 800.529.9997.