A medical malpractice case involves a claim that a doctor, nurse or other health care provider acted in an unprofessional manner and this caused harm to the patient. These cases are complex, expensive and emotionally draining for both the plaintiff and the victim’s family members. There are many factors that should be considered when selecting an attorney for a medical malpractice lawsuit including the lawyer’s experience, expertise in this area of law and financial ability to take on a medical malpractice case.
The attorneys at Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf have more than 100 years of combined legal experience handling medical malpractice cases. Several of our malpractice attorneys have been named New York City “Best Lawyers” in their specialty, and we have been recognized nationally for our work by The Best Lawyers in America.
While a physician is generally required to act in accordance with professional standards, this doesn’t always happen and medical malpractice claims are common. When a doctor fails to meet these standards, it can result in significant injuries such as disfigurement, paralysis, traumatic brain injury and other serious conditions that can have a devastating impact on a patient’s life.
When seeking an attorney to represent you in a attorney for medical malpractice cases, it is important that the attorney has extensive experience in this area of law and also has a good track record with other malpractice victims. Look for a website that provides detailed information about the attorney’s background, education in medical malpractice and examples of successful cases. In addition, contact your state bar association to see if the attorney has ever been disciplined in this area of the law.
You must first be able to prove that the treatment you received was negligent, which means that it deviated from the standard of care that would have been provided under the circumstances. The next step is to prove that this negligence directly led to your injury.
During the medical malpractice litigation process, each side is allowed to call expert witnesses to testify. These experts will help to determine whether the malpractice occurred and if it did, how it directly led to your damages. Once the evidence has been presented, your attorney will need to convince a jury that it is more likely than not that the defendant committed malpractice. The jury will then award you compensation based on the damages that you suffered.
In New York, the maximum award for compensatory damages in a medical malpractice case is $250,000 and attorneys may charge up to 30% of this amount plus 10% of any additional amounts that are recovered. Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo has extensive experience in settling medical malpractice lawsuits and recovering millions of dollars for clients. They have the skill and resources to handle even the most complex cases. Their attorneys have handled a variety of medical malpractice cases, from minor errors to devastating ones such as surgical mishaps and birthing injuries.