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Disturbing medical malpractice cases

Most New Yorkers depend on doctors and other healthcare professionals to treat their injuries and illnesses. While many people implicitly trust their doctors, medical professionals unfortunately often make mistakes that can lead to serious injury or even death. Some of the most disturbing medical malpractice cases demonstrate the types of serious problems that can happen.

In one case, a New York couple used the services of a fertility clinic in order to help the woman get pregnant. The clinic impregnated the woman and she did give birth. However, the clinic had used the wrong man's sperm, and the infant was of a different race than the parents.

In another case, a woman who had a lump on her jaw went to see a doctor. The doctor conducted tests and told her she had cancer with only three to six months left to live. The woman had two sons age 10 and 12. After the doctor advised her that she could live for about three extra months if she let him remove the left portion of her chin, the woman consented. The woman had that portion of her face removed. She was later told she was cancer free. Unfortunately, she also learned that the doctor had made a diagnostic error and that she had never had cancer in the first place. She was left permanently disfigured as a result.

Many different medical errors may happen when people seek treatment, including surgery on the wrong body part, leaving sponges and other instruments inside of the patient, performing the wrong surgery, misdiagnoses and others. People who believe that they suffered serious injuries because of a doctor's medical malpractice may want to get help from a medical malpractice attorney. A lawyer may help his or her client to recover damages for the client's losses.

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