What Are the Most Common Types of Medical Malpractice in NYC?

On Behalf of | Nov 8, 2022 | Medical Malpractice

Leading Causes of Medical Malpractice Claims in New York

Medical errors are a serious and widespread problem in the United States. Individuals who have been harmed as a result of health care provider’s negligence may be entitled to compensation. It is in your best interest to consult with an attorney to determine whether you have a valid medical malpractice claim.

At Siegel & Coonerty LLP, we help people who have been injured due to other people’s negligence or wrongdoing. Our nationally-recognized lawyers will work tirelessly to ensure that justice is served and the appropriate parties are held accountable. If you or a loved one has suffered harm due to medical malpractice, contact our office at 646-960-8195 to schedule a free consultation.

Most common types of medical malpractice claims in New York City:

  • Failure to Diagnose

According to the New York City Comptroller, in 2021 there were 339 medical malpractice claims filed against the City of New York alone. Settlements and judgments from those medical malpractice claims were $63 million. One of the most common forms of medical malpractice was the failure to diagnose.

Failure to diagnose can cause severe harm since it may delay treatment or result in the wrong type of treatment. An accurate and timely diagnosis is critical in many cases to prevent dangerous complications and potential fatalities.

  • Surgical Errors

Surgical errors are another type of medical malpractice claim that commonly gets filed. Some of the most egregious surgical errors include performing surgery on the wrong body part or patient. But most concern a procedure that affects and injures an unintended body part. These events can have catastrophic results, even causing debilitating pain, permanent disfigurement, or premature death.

  • Medication Errors

Medication errors happen for several reasons. It may be that the wrong prescription was filled by the pharmacist or that too much anesthesia was given to a surgery patient. Regardless of the circumstances, medication errors should be independently investigated to determine if the act was caused by someone’s negligence or recklessness.

  • Birth Injuries

Birth injuries are one of the most devastating forms of medical negligence since they can impact a child’s growth and development. The exact number of children who suffer trauma during the labor and delivery process is unknown since many times the signs of a birth injury are not readily apparent.

Birth injuries can result from prolonged labor, failure to order a cesarean section, inadequate fetal monitoring, failure to diagnose maternal health conditions, and several other medical errors. A lawyer should be consulted as quickly as possible for any suspected birth injuries.

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