Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor fails to meet the standard of care that his or her peers would meet in a given situation. When a patient becomes the victim of medical malpractice, their doctor should be held responsible for it. Patients put their trust in these medical professionals to take care of their health. If doctors are not performing up to their standards due to negligence, patients are not receiving the care they came for. This can prove to be detrimental to their health.
Previous medical malpractice laws required a lawsuit to be filed within two to two and a half years of when the malpractice by a physician occurred. This means that the patient had to identify the malpractice during this time frame and take action against the doctor for their negligence. However, this can be nearly impossible for some patients. If patients are unaware of the doctor’s negligence, they are not able to file the lawsuit. They may only grow aware of the negligence after the time frame is already expired. New York legislators had these issues presented to them and the law for cancer victims may change. This will allow medical malpractice lawsuits involving cancer patients to be filed up to two and a half years after a medical error is discovered. This can give these patients more time to come across the discovery of an error.
How can I benefit from this lawsuit?
After you file a lawsuit against a medical professional for medical malpractice, you may be able to gain damages from a winning lawsuit. This can provide you with compensation. This compensation can be in the form of economic or non-economic damages. Economic damages can provide money to cover the cost of medical bills, lost wages and lost future wages. Non-economic damages can help make up for the emotional turmoil you have suffered from as a result of this experience with a doctor. These experiences can be traumatic for some people. They may have gone through a great deal of pain and suffering, which can have a toll on their emotional and physical health. They should be able to gain compensation for this suffering. Doctors can be held accountable for this failure to treat their patients fairly. By being negligent, a medical professional is not treating a patient to the best of their ability.
At Mark L. Bodner, P.C., we are committed to guiding clients through each step of the medical malpractice claims process. Our firm understands how traumatic it can be when you become a victim of medical malpractice. We are prepared to fight on your behalf to help you recover a maximum compensation award. Contact our firm today.