As a patient who is suffering from a serious injury or illness, you are likely entrusting your healthcare provider to set forth a treatment plan that will allow you to reach a full recovery. So if the opposite occurs, and your health is instead declining, you may have to hold your healthcare provider accountable. That is, you may have to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against them. Follow along to find out whether you can sue your healthcare provider if you were injured during treatment and how a proficient New York City hospital negligence attorney at Mark L. Bodner, P.C. can work to build a strong legal strategy on your behalf.
Can I sue a medical professional if I was injured during treatment?
Your treatment plan may consist of many steps, all of which are administered by different medical professionals, for you to properly heal. Unfortunately, any one of these medical professionals may make a mistake at any point in this process. Examples of potential mistakes are as follows:
- A surgeon may operate on the wrong part of your body.
- An anesthesiologist may administer the wrong amount of anesthesia during your surgery.
- A pharmacist may administer the wrong type of prescription medication for your health condition.
- A nurse may misread the doctor’s orders regarding monitoring your health condition.
- A physician may provide the wrong diagnosis for your health condition.
Any of the aforementioned mistakes are considered forms of negligent behavior. With that being said, you may sue a medical professional if they have acted with such carelessness, recklessness, inconsideration, etc.
What elements do I need to prove in my medical malpractice lawsuit?
As a plaintiff, you carry a burden of proof. Meaning, you must submit a satisfying amount of evidence that affirms your right to sue a medical professional. Such evidence may entail photos and videos of your injuries, medical documents and bills, personal statements by your loved ones, and more. But overall, this evidence must confirm that the following elements of a medical malpractice lawsuit are present:
- You were the patient of the medical professional in question, and they, therefore, owed you a duty of care.
- The medical professional failed to meet the standard of care established by their peers in the medical community, and they, therefore, breached their duty of care.
- The medical professional’s breach of duty directly caused you to suffer harm and/or injuries.
- The medical professional’s breach of duty directly caused you to suffer physical, emotional, and/or financial damages.
At the end of the day, if you are enduring injuries and damages after a failed treatment plan, then you need a talented New York City medical malpractice attorney by your side. Contact Mark L. Bodner, P.C. to retain our services today.