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Common reasons for medical malpractice claims

People see doctors every day in New York. Sometimes it is for routine check-ups, because they have the flu or another common illnesses or because of minor injuries that need medical treatment. However, others go to the doctor for much more serious matters such as major surgeries or medical procedures, such as chemotherapy, to treat chronic or life-threatening illnesses. Most times these surgeries and medical procedures are as successful as they can be, but there are always things that can go wrong.

This is due in part to the fact that these medical procedures and surgeries are performed by doctors and other medical professionals who are human and make mistakes. When they do, the patient's condition can become even worse than it originally was. This can be both devastating and costly for the victim.

There are many different types of mistakes that can take place in these situations, but some are more common than others. One is the failure to properly diagnose a patient's condition. Other common mistakes include patients getting injured during medical treatment; failure to treat the patient's condition, including infections that develop due to the treatment provided; poor record keeping and documentation by medical staff; and errors in the type or application of medications.

Any of these mistakes can worsen a patient's condition. This in turn will cost the patient more money for medical care and can also further limit their physical abilities. If this occurs, the victim may want to seek compensation from the medical professional through a medical malpractice claim.

Unfortunately not everyone who goes to see the doctor gets better as a result. Sometimes it is because there is nothing that can be done for the particular issue, but other times it is because the doctors and medical professionals make mistakes. If this occurs, the victim may want to seek compensation. These are very complicated matters though, so discussing the issue with an attorney may be useful.

Source:, "The top 5 reasons for malpractice lawsuits against doctors" Joanne Finnegan, May 30, 2017

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