Long Island Hospital Negligence
Personal injury attorneys representing clients injured due to medical negligence in Nassau County, Suffolk County, and throughout the five boroughs of New York City.
Hospital negligence is the third leading cause of death in this country, accounting for some 440,000 deaths each year. If the statistics sound scary, the stories behind them are heartbreaking. An incorrect diagnosis or botched lab test can mean the difference between life and death for victims of a medical mistake. That is why the Long Island medical malpractice lawyers of Edelman, Krasin & Jaye are here to help. For more than 50 years we’ve been successfully representing victims of substandard health care in the greater New York and Long Island areas. We charge no fees unless we win your case—our success is your success!
Filing a hospital negligence lawsuit in New York
In the state of New York, if you or a loved one has been injured by a medical mishap or mistake, time is of the essence in filing a hospital negligence lawsuit. New York’s statute of limitations requires that you file no more than 3 years following the event in question.
If you are considering whether to file a malpractice claim, we invite you to consult with our NY personal injury attorneys, who can apprise you of your options, including whether you have a legitimate claim. Our team of legal and medical experts stands ready to investigate suspicious circumstances around your care, and we have the experience and knowledge to assess what went wrong and how.
In preparation for your legal consultation, we recommend:
- Saving all medical records relating to suspected hospital negligence and your current medical condition
- Composing a timeline of your recollections, beginning with the start of your care through the present
Incidents of hospital malpractice
Medical malpractice at the hands of negligent hospital staff can include:
- Emergency room errors, perhaps due to over-worked, under-staffed ER teams
- Anesthesia mishaps, such as a patient waking up during an operation and suffering the pain of the event as well as residual trauma
- Surgical mistakes as stupid as not checking a patient’s wristband and operating on the wrong person or limb or organ
- Erroneous lab tests in which a problem fails to show up because the test was incorrectly administered
- Misdiagnoses, so that serious illnesses such as cancer can go undetected until it’s too late
- Botched labor and deliveries resulting in birth injuries to mother and/or child
- Hospital acquired infections like staph, pneumonia and other sometimes serious even life-threatening nosocomial infections that can cause sepsis and blood poisoning
Essentially, hospital negligence happens any time doctors, nurses and/or hospital staff do not follow legally mandated protocol and/or provide sub-par medical care to patients under their supervision, with the result that patients suffer serious or even fatal injuries.
Notable cases of hospital negligence on Long Island
The stakes are often high in cases of hospital negligence, insofar as affected persons will face dramatically life-altering injuries resulting from a medical care facility’s mismanagement.
One headline-grabbing Long Island case was filed by Kristy Pirozzolo, who alleges that two brain surgeons at North Shore-LIJ Hospital in Syosset performed unnecessary neurosurgery to correct brain and spinal cord disorders she didn’t have. Surgeons Thomas Milhorat and Paolo Bolognese were later suspended and subjected to an investigation by the NY Office of Professional Medical Misconduct not only for performing superfluous brain surgeries for personal financial gain, but for failing to show up to the surgery of one patient, who was left prepped and sedated on the operating table. More than 50 malpractice lawsuits demanding many millions of dollars in damages have been filed against the embattled brain surgeons so far.
Or take the case of 33-year-old Stacey Galette. Ms. Galette sustained serious injuries when a doctor at Winthrop University Hospital on Long Island accidentally punctured her colon during a surgical procedure: she suffered blood poisoning and gangrene, ultimately losing both of her legs below the knee as a consequence. Thankfully, in Ms. Galette’s case the jury was generous, awarding the double amputee with $62 million for her unnecessary pain and suffering.
In fact, New York juries tend as a matter of course to be generous in awarding victims of hospital negligence compensation for their injuries.
Examples of NY hospital malpractice settlements & verdicts:
- A mother who gave birth to a baby girl with severe brain damage as a result of Corning Hospital’s failure to notice (before it was too late) evidence of distress on a fetal monitor received $2,400,000 to settle her case.
- A woman who lost her leg due to a hospital’s improper treatment of arterial obstruction received a $15.7 million award from a jury.
- A man who suffered a stroke from the mistreatment of his heart condition received $14.8 million.
Liability issues in cases of hospital negligence
New York hospitals, clinics and medical providers are held to high medical standards, and are legally bound to adhere to certain policies and protocol governing patient care. When healthcare professionals do not deploy a reasonable level of care in meeting the needs of their patients, with the result that patients incur losses or damages, a hospital may be held liable.
Here are some examples of potential hospital liability:
- A hospital employee with a medical license commits an error resulting in harm to a patient in their care.
- A hospital retains the services of a doctor, nurse or other medically licensed practitioner with a history of malpractice.
Each case is unique. With more knowledge about the specific details in your case, our team will be able to advise you about the various parties that may be liable for your injuries.
How Long Island hospital negligence lawyers can help
The physical, emotional and financial toll of a single mistake on the part of a medical provider entrusted with your care can be great. Don’t wait around when time is of the essence.
You may have access to compensation in the form of:
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Past, present and future medical care
- Enduring disfigurement and/or disability
- Reduction in your quality of life
- Funeral expenses
The Long Island medical malpractice attorneys at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye are available to advise you regarding every aspect of a hospital negligence lawsuit. If you have suffered unnecessary harm because of mistakes made by hospital staff in Suffolk County, Nassau County, Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island or the Bronx, call our offices today for a free consultation: 1-800-469-7429.
- NY Daily News, Lawsuit-riddled brain surgeons get one more for 'useless' operations, http://www.nydailynews.com/news/lawsuit-riddled-brain-surgeons-useless-operations-article-1.377285
- The New York Times, “Doctor Who Cut Off Wrong Leg Is Defended By Colleagues,” http://www.nytimes.com/1995/09/17/us/doctor-who-cut-off-wrong-leg-is-defended-by-colleagues.html
- USA Today, “Heart surgery no laugh for Dana Carvey,” http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/health/spotlight/2001-11-05-carvey-heart.htm
- CBS News, “Anatomy of a Mistake,” http://www.cbsnews.com/news/anatomy-of-a-mistake-16-03-2003/
- New York Daily News, “Jury awards $62 million to Brooklyn mom who lost her legs in botched procedure at Winthrop University Hospital,” http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/jury-awards-62-million-brooklyn-mom-article-1.1575800