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In the New York courts, a plaintiff seeking the recovery of damages in a medical malpractice case must set forth certain evidence regarding the treating medical provider’s inappropriate care, or his or her claim will be dismissed. If the plaintiff meets this burden, the burden then shifts to the treating provider to show the care was appropriate.

As recently illustrated in a case decided by the appellate division of the Supreme Court of New York, plaintiffs pursuing medical malpractice actions will be permitted to proceed on their claim unless the defendant medical providers can irrefutably show no breach of the standard of care. If you sustained harm due to inadequate or negligent medical care, you should meet with an experienced Rochester medical malpractice attorney to review the facts of your case and whether you may be able to recover compensation from the medical provider that caused your impairment.

Facts Regarding the Plaintiff’s Treatment

Reportedly, the plaintiff gave birth in August 2012 at the defendant hospital. Forceps were used by the first physician during the delivery. Following the delivery, the first physician left the delivery room. The plaintiff then underwent an episiotomy repair that was performed by a second physician.  The plaintiff subsequently filed an action against both physicians and the hospital for medical malpractice related to complications arising from the episiotomy and its repair. At the close of discovery, the first physician filed a motion to have the claims against him dismissed. The court denied the motion, after which the first physician appealed.

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Stem cell therapy is becoming more and more popular both in New York and across the country, but it can often put patients at risk. If you have been injured due to stem cell therapy, you need to contact our hard-working and reputable Rochester medical malpractice attorneys who can assess the merits of your case. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, we are committed to investigating the circumstances surrounding your injury and determining your legal rights and options accordingly.

Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cells are notable for their ability to regenerate or to become any cell. For this reason, there has been great confidence and enthusiasm surrounding stem cells as a form of medicine to treat various ailments. However, much of the treatment’s application remains unproven and many medical facilities are keen to monetize the trend, even if the efficacy of treatment is questionable, or unsafe. Many times, doctors do not warn patients about potential dangers associated with treatment or inform them that the treatment is actually not FDA approved.

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Medical malpractice cases can be extremely complicated and overwhelming. If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered harm because of a medical professional’s negligence, you might be able to recover compensation through a medical malpractice claim. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, our highly skilled Rochester medical malpractice attorneys will vigorously pursue meritorious claims and hold careless medical professionals responsible for their conduct.

The 1st District Court of Appeals in Texas recently remanded a medical malpractice lawsuit back to a lower court because it was found that the medical expert opinion did not meet statutory requirements. In 2015, a man hurt his shoulder in a motorcycle wreck and had a procedure to correct the injury. A few days later, the patient went to the doctor complaining about severe pain and swelling and was diagnosed with an infection. The doctor performed a few more procedures. The patient later sued the doctor for malpractice. The defendant doctor claimed that the plaintiff’s lawsuit did not demonstrate how the breach of the standard of care was the direct cause of the patient’s injury, thus the lawsuit should be dismissed. The court agreed and remanded the case.

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While many plastic surgery procedures seem routine, the reality is these are serious surgeries that carry a substantial risk of complication if the plastic surgeon fails to use the utmost care. A mistake during a plastic surgery procedure can result in a permanent deformity or even death. If you or your loved one has suffered preventable injury because of plastic surgeon’s negligence, let our seasoned Rochester medical malpractice attorneys help. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, we know how to handle medical negligence cases.

An Omaha plastic surgeon is being sued for malpractice after patients allege the surgeon left their bodies deformed. There are currently 35 claims against the doctor, as well as the surgery center where the procedures took place. Specifically, the complaint claims that patients suffered physical and emotional harm such as disfigurement, painful scarring and nerve damage. In one specific case, a patient claimed she had a tummy tuck that went wrong, which left her with painful jagged scars across the abdomen.

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If you or a loved one has been injured by a medical professional’s negligence, you should immediately seek the help of a skilled Rochester medical malpractice attorney who can help. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, we have the knowledge and resources to build a strong case on your behalf. We understand that dealing with a medical injury can be incredibly stressful but you can trust that we will zealously advocate for your rights every step of the way.

A recent study published by the Institute of Medicine reviewed 535 hospitals in a few large states at two specific times between the years of 2005 and 2016 to figure out the degree to which work environments had gotten better and whether positive variations were linked with increased progress in patient safety. Results showed that only 21 percent of the hospitals studied showed in excess of 10 percent improvement in work environment scores, while 7 percent had poorer scores. Furthermore, about 40 percent of the nurses surveyed indicated that important information was often lost during shift changes because things fell between the cracks. At hospitals where the work environment improved, patient safety improved as well. Given these findings, it is vital for patients to protect themselves.

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Like with many other diseases, early diagnosis and treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) can reduce the disease’s activity and could delay the onset of complete disability. If you were given a delayed diagnosis of MS or any other chronic disease, let our experienced Rochester medical malpractice attorneys help. We will closely examine the facts of your case and determine any legal recourse you may have for your injuries and related losses.

Multiple Sclerosis

MS is a potentially disabling autoimmune disease that attacks the central nervous system. Specifically, MS is a disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the fatty material that surrounds the nerve fibers, causing damage in the process. The damage can take place in the optic nerve, brain and spinal cord preventing the body’s nerve fibers from sending messages correctly and resulting in a variety of symptoms – some may be permanently disabled and lose the ability to walk while others may experience long periods of remised without any new symptoms. There is no cure for MS, although treatments can help manage symptoms.

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If your doctor failed to diagnose your child with cystic fibrosis prior to birth, you may have a right to financial recovery through a wrongful birth claim. Our experienced Rochester wrongful birth attorneys have a long history of advocating for victims of medical negligence and can apply our acumen to your case. We are dedicated to protecting the right of victims of birth defects in New York.

Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder that causes life-threatening lung infections, difficulty breathing, digestive problems and finally death. The child is born mucus glands that are abnormally active and the high levels of mucus secretions lead to breathing difficulty and ultimately tissue and organ damage. In short, children born with cystic fibrosis typically live severely compromised lives and often pass away before reaching the age of 20. There is no cure for the condition, only treatment for the different symptoms that a patient may present. According to studies, nearly one out of every 2,000 infants born in the US or Western Europe tests positive for the condition.

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Endometriosis should be promptly diagnosed and treated in order to prevent long-term harm. If you or a loved one suffered an injury or a worsening of condition due to a misdiagnosis of endometriosis, you may have the right to recover payment for your harm. Our trusted Rochester medical misdiagnosis attorneys will review the specifics surrounding your injury to see if you have a valid malpractice claim.

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a gynecological disease where the normal endometrial lining of the uterus travels up the fallopian tube and ends up outside the uterus, where it implants and starts to grow. The endometrial tissue can grow into the ovaries, bowel or other tissue that lines the female pelvis. Put another way, endometriosis is a disorder in which tissue that typically lines the inside of the uterus grows outside of the uterus. According to the Mayo Clinic, endometriosis affects more than 200,000 women every year.

Failing to Diagnose Endometriosis

The condition is extremely painful for women and often gets misdiagnosed in women as menstrual pain and cramping. While the symptoms are similar, they happen on a more intense scale. The cramps, bleeding and pelvic pain is far more severe than menstrual pain. While people may consider endometriosis a minor condition, the reality is it can have devastating and long-term consequences for a woman’s health if it is not diagnosed and treated in a timely manner.

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If you suffered preventable harm due to a late prostrate cancer diagnosis or because of a delayed prostrate cancer diagnosis, you need to call a knowledge Rochester medical malpractice lawyer who can help you determine whether malpractice occurred. We have held countless negligent doctors and hospitals accountable for medical malpractice when these parties have failed to screen and treat patients for cancer properly.

Prostrate Cancer

Prostrate cancer is cancer that occurs in the prostate – a small gland surrounding the neck of the bladder in men that makes the seminal fluid that transports the sperm. After skin cancer, prostrate cancer is the most common cancer among American men. It affects nearly 200,000 men every year across the country. For this reason, all men should be offered prostrate cancer screening by their primary care physicians and/or urologists starting at the age of 50. In cases where a patient is at an increased risk for prostrate cancer, either because of a family history of the disease or their ethnic background, prostrate screening should begin even earlier.

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While it is considered to be relatively safe, hernia surgery can have serious adverse consequences if it is not performed properly. Suffering any type of medical injury can be very daunting and you may not be sure of what to do next. If you suffered preventable complications as a result of a hernia surgery, our accomplished Rochester medical negligence attorneys can guide you through the process and aid you in understanding your options.

Hernia Surgery

A hernia refers to a bulging of internal organs or tissues through the wall that contains it. While hernias most commonly occur in the abdomen, they can also develop in other parts of the body such as the upper thigh, belly button and groin area. Typically, treatment of a hernia involves surgery to re-position the tissue or organ that is not in the correct place. The type of surgery that will be performed will depend on the severity and location of the hernia. There are two types of hernia surgeries you should be aware of: traditional “open” surgeries in which the surgeon will cut the patient and perform the hernia removal or the laparoscopic surgeries in which a “keyhole” incision is created prior to inserting long instruments as well as a camera to perform the procedure with minimum invasion into the body. Hernia surgery is quite common. In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal, more than a million patients undergo surgery for some kind of hernia every year.

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