An Update on Medical Malpractice Lawsuits in NYC

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If a loved one is hurt, a local hospital may be the only option for speedy medical care. This may be a troubling proposition for New York City residents, whose closest hospital may be municipally-run and failing patient care standards. While city hospitals help millions of New Yorkers every year, these medical institutions are also notorious for their numerous cases of malpractice. Below is an update on malpractice lawsuits in NYC:

Unsafe Hospitals
Medical professionals in this city’s over-filled hospitals are often trying to help as many patients as possible while running on too little sleep and high levels of stress. These situations often lead to lapses in judgment and general errors. While surveying NYC hospitals in 2012, Consumer Reports looked at hospital-acquired infections, staff-patient communication, rates of readmission, and discharge numbers to see how these medical providers stacked up against other parts of the country. Unfortunately, New York hospitals ranked as some of the worst.

Options for Holding the City Accountable
When faced with the slow pace of bureaucracy and ineffective hospital management, a medical malpractice lawsuit is one of the most effective ways to hold the city accountable for failing hospitals. The legal standard for filing a claim involves proving that a medical professional directly caused injuries or unnecessary suffering to oneself or a loved one. This proof should show a deviation from the reasonable standard of care that other patients may expect in a similar situation.

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries or complications as a result of medical malpractice or carelessness at an NYC hospital, you may have a legal claim against the city for the compensation of past and future medical expenses.  Pegalis & Erickson is a local law firm with a proven track record of winning sizable settlements from the city. Call (516) 684-2900 to schedule a consultation with a member of our staff.

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