No one anticipates suffering a medical malpractice injury. And while some instances of medical malpractice are easily spotted, others are not so obvious. The moment you believe you may be a victim of medical negligence, you need to contact an attorney. The statute of limitations for medical malpractice injuries is 2.5 years. This means that if you fail to take action within this time frame, you may be barred from recovering damages.
Signs of medical malpractice
When determining if you are indeed the victim of medical malpractice, look for these signs:
- Treatment is not working — If you are undergoing treatment for an illness or injury, you should see results after a period of time. If your condition fails to improve, or worse yet you notice negative side effects, contact your physician immediately. You may have been misdiagnosed and therefor mis-prescribed medication and treatment.
- Your symptoms do not correspond to your diagnosis — Should your doctor diagnose you with a certain illness, you should have at least some of the symptoms associated with that condition. If you do not have any symptoms related to the condition you are diagnosed with, be sure to seek a second opinion.
- You received two different diagnoses from two different health care professionals — If you receive two different diagnoses from two different medical professionals, clearly someone is wrong.
- Your physician diagnosed your condition with results only from a lab test — Your doctor should use various tests to pinpoint your condition. Do not trust a simple lab test as the only diagnosis for your condition.
- Your doctor does not give your concerns enough attention — Your doctor should listen to your concerns and explain the treatment plan ahead. A medical professional who dismisses your concerns may also be prone to acts of medical malpractice.
Medical malpractice can happen to anyone. Based on the extent of your injuries, you may require long-term care. With the help of an experienced attorney, however, you may be able to recover rightful compensation.
Health professionals you can hold accountable
Depending on your condition and the medical doctors and staff that treat you, any of the following parties may be liable for your malpractice injury:
- Primary care/ specialist physicians
Dentists, anesthesiologist, and other medical professionals may also be liable. If you think you suffered harm at the hands of any type of doctor, nurse, or physician’s assistant, seek legal help as soon as possible.
Contact a compassionate Bronx medical malpractice attorney
The Law Offices of Evan W. Kohn helps medical malpractice victims recover damages throughout NYC. Whether you suffer at the hands of a doctor, nurse, dentist, specialist, or other healthcare professional, we can help you file a claim for compensation. Call 718-409-5500 or contact us online to discuss your case with an experienced New York malpractice lawyer today.