Sometimes, medical malpractice lawyers in NYC are necessary to help you recover damages when a tragedy occurs and a loved one dies as a result of medical negligence in an area hospital. Recent research concerning errors in the diagnosis of patients in intensive care was conducted at John Hopkins University School of Medicine which revealed some startling data.
Twenty-five percent of patients that died in ICUs at the hospital were misdiagnosed and missed diagnoses were present in another 28 percent of ICU patients. It was also concluded that eight percent of all deaths in the ICU were probably a direct result of the error in patient diagnosis. The study also targeted the main areas of misdiagnosis. One-third of the errors in ICU patient diagnoses occurred concerning pulmonary embolisms, heart attacks, pneumonia and the fungal infection known as Aspergillosis.
Surviving families of those deceased due to misdiagnosis are allowed by New York law to seek compensation for wrongful death. The challenge for families is proving that such negligence was the cause of death. Hospitals tend to protect their doctors and not disclose their negligent actions and even flat out deny that they have any liability.
It is therefore extremely important that city residents who suspect medical negligence as the cause of a family member’s death contact reputable medical malpractice lawyers in NYC. Medical malpractice lawsuits are extremely difficult to prove, but securing a trial attorney from our law firm that has a high percentage of success in this field is your best chance to win your case.