Medical malpractice can cause incalculable damage to victims and their families. In New York, 10 lawsuits alleging medical malpractice are pending against an orthopedic surgeon.
Medical malpractice does not always have to involve a surgical mistake or misdiagnosis. This became apparent in New York when an unlicensed cosmetologist was convicted of criminally negligent homicide. While this case does not constitute a surgical mistake in the traditional manner, it does illustrate how people can be injured or killed by medical mistakes.
Medical malpractice suits often occur because of some form of negligence. This was the case when a Plattsburgh, New York anesthesiologist was found guilty of negligence while caring for a 70-year-old woman in 2007. The woman died following surgery to remove an infected gall bladder. The medical malpractice verdict came down from a civil court case held in the Clinton County Court.
A New York family is mourning the loss of their six-month-old son after he was given an accidental overdose of medication.
A study by the New England Journal of Medicine found that surgical mistakes and other forms of medical malpractice often don't lead to a payout for the victim. This is true in New York and across the country.