Poughkeepsie Medical Malpractice Attorney
Serving Throughout Dutchess County
Doctors are expected to perform their roles with competence and care. In fact, they are required to exhibit the same degree of skill and attention as any qualified doctor in the same or a similar situation. When doctors, nurses and other health care professionals are negligent, the results can be catastrophic or deadly to their patients. The Poughkeepsie medical malpractice attorneys at Ingber & Provost help victims of medical mistakes in Dutchess County hold doctors and hospitals accountable for their medical errors, while obtaining much needed compensation to deal with the harm inflicted on them.
Call Ingber & Provost in Poughkeepsie at 845-733-2720 for help after any of the following:
Some surgical mistakes seem so outrageous that you can’t believe they occur, yet unfortunately they are not all that uncommon. These include performing a surgery on the wrong side of the body or even on the wrong patient, or leaving a foreign object such as a sponge or clamp sewn up inside the patient after surgery. Mistakes like these most often require another surgery to correct, which can be especially dangerous for patients with weakened systems following the earlier, botched procedure.
Diagnosis is a critical stage of treating any illness or condition. Standard practice calls for a differential diagnosis to rule out various possibilities and obtain a correct diagnosis, but this step is sometimes omitted. Some doctors and hospitals don’t order the appropriate tests in order to cut costs or save time, or because they are understaffed and decide the test isn’t necessary. Other times, doctors, radiologists and technicians may perform tests but then misread the results. The consequence is often a missed diagnosis (dangerous condition is not caught) or a misdiagnosis (the wrong condition is identified and treated). Even when later corrected, these errors cause significant delay with harm that cannot be undone. For instance, when a cancer diagnosis is missed, what was once a treatable and curable cancer at the early stage may become incurably deadly when caught too late.
Anesthesiologists have a complicated task of administering the correct mix of anesthetics for the particular individual and monitoring the patient throughout the procedure. Delivering too much anesthetic can cause oxygen deprivation and brain damage, coma or death. Administering too little anesthesia can result in the patient remaining conscious throughout a surgical procedure, feeling excruciating pain yet unable to move or communicate while in a “locked-in” state due to anesthesia.
Failure to monitor maternal and fetal health during pregnancy, labor and delivery can lead to a number of serious, life-long consequences to the child, including cerebral palsy or other conditions caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain. Other mistakes during the birthing process can cause permanent physical injury and nerve damage, including shoulder dystocia and brachial plexus injury.
Our Poughkeepsie Medical Malpractice Attorneys can Help
Proving a case of medical malpractice requires your attorney to consult with a medical expert at the outset to give an opinion that medical negligence likely occurred and caused injury. Medical testimony is also needed at trial to establish the appropriate standard of care and demonstrate that the defendant failed to meet this standard. The Poughkeepsie medical malpractice attorneys at Ingber & Provost understand how to approach medical negligence cases by contacting qualified medical experts and obtaining the required testimony. Our lawyers take the time to thoroughly understand the factual, legal and medical issues involved, so we can be sure this information is conveyed to an insurance company, judge or jury in a meaningful and convincing way.
If you or a loved one suffered serious harm due to the negligence or mistake of a doctor or hospital in Dutchess County, call Ingber & Provost at 845-733-2720 for a free consultation with an experienced and successful Poughkeepsie medical malpractice attorney.