Buffalo Medical Malpractice Attorney Helping Victims
Our medical professionals work tirelessly to provide the very best medical care to their patients. Unfortunately, medical malpractice claims are more common than many people realize. According to the Institute of Medicine, each year nearly 100,000 people die from medical mistakes, yet fewer than 10% of all acts of medical malpractice result in a claim against the doctor or hospital.
Medical mistakes are common, many of which could be avoided had the doctors, nurses, or other providers taken the proper care. If you believe that you have suffered harm as a result of medical malpractice, a Buffalo medical malpractice attorney from HoganWillig can evaluate your case and determine whether you may have a claim.
Medical Malpractice Cases Are Complex
In most personal injury cases, the victim needs only prove that the other party was negligent in some way. In other words, they failed to take due care to avoid causing an accident and injury to others.
Because side effects and complications are common and there is rarely a guarantee of success, you must prove more than simple negligence in a medical malpractice case. Instead, you must prove that the treatment you received that caused you harm deviated from the standard of care. The standard of care is generally determined by what a medical professional with the same education, training, and experience would do in the same situation. Identifying the appropriate standard of care and understanding how it applies to your case is one of the principal challenges of a medical malpractice claim.
In short, it is very likely that you will need a Buffalo medical malpractice lawyer in order to successfully pursue your claim. In addition, your case will likely require expert opinion and testimony. At HoganWillig, we work with a deep network of medical experts that help us build the strongest possible cases so that our clients can get the compensation they need.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice Claims
In the process of receiving treatment, there is a broad spectrum of things that can go wrong. We have extensive experience in handling the following types of medical malpractice cases:
- Claims caused by misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis
- Medication errors
- Surgical errors
- Birth injuries and fetal death cases
- Vaccine injuries
- Anesthesia errors
A knowledgeable Buffalo medical malpractice attorney will be able to identify the factors in these claims that indicate you are a victim of medical malpractice. From there, they can help you gather the evidence you need to begin building your case.
Time is Not on Your Side
In New York, generally speaking, claims must be brought within two years and six months of the date that you received treatment. However, cases involving surgical errors may qualify for the “discovery rule,” which means that the statute of limitations will begin running from the date that you discovered the error. There is also an exception for malignant cancer tumors that were previously misdiagnosed.
Do not assume that you qualify for an exception. Not only do you risk losing all of your rights to compensation, but the longer you wait the harder it will be to prove your claim. The best thing you can do is talk to a Buffalo medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible.
Speak with a Buffalo Medical Malpractice Attorney at HoganWillig Today
If you suspect that you are the victim of medical malpractice, you may be entitled to compensation. To discuss your case with an experienced Buffalo medical malpractice lawyer, contact us today by calling 716-636-7600 to schedule a free consultation.