If you or a family member has been a victim of a laboratory error, you need to reach out to a skilled Rochester medical malpractice attorney who can assess the merits of your case. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, we understand that victims of malpractice often feel helpless, but it is important to know that you don’t have to deal with the situation alone. Our team can meticulously analyze the circumstances surrounding your injury and help you pursue the financial support you need to move on with your life.
Virtually every specialty in medicine will send samples to be tested at a laboratory. The results of laboratory tests are vital to make decisions about a patient’s condition and potential course of treatment. In many cases, laboratory tests can significantly affect the outcome of an individual’s life. For example, consider the fact that when a patient has a heart attack or stroke, their blood needs to be tested immediately to figure out how much blood-thinning medication is necessary for the patient to take. Laboratory mistakes can take place in many ways, including but not limited to:
- Ordering the wrong tests;
- Using expired products to screen for cancer or other conditions;
- Mixing up patient samples/swabs or patient information;
- Mislabeling samples;
- Recording the wrong information;
- Wrongly transcribing records;
- Using defective or faulty equipment;
- Failing to communicate test results in a sensible time frame; or
- Failing to order the needed follow up tests.
Every state has different laws when it comes to medical malpractice. In New York, medical malpractice can be established by proving that the health care professional did not operate within the parameters of acceptable standards of care. The standard of care refers to the level of care that a reasonably prudent medical professional in the same specialty would have used in the same or similar circumstances. It is important to note that it is not enough to show that the medical professional deviated from the standard of care. Instead, the plaintiff must show that the deviation was a direct cause of his or her harm.
When a laboratory error harms you or your loved one, you may be able to recover a variety of damages, depending on the nature and extent of the harm suffered. Typically, plaintiffs can recover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any other expenses arising from the malpractice. Calculating damages in a particular case is not easy, but a skilled attorney can guide you through the process.
If you or someone close to you has suffered harm due to a preventable laboratory error, you may be entitled to compensation. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, our Rochester medical malpractice attorneys understand the nuances of New York malpractice law and can apply our knowledge to your case. While we aim to settle every case, you can rest assured that we are not afraid to zealously advocate for you in the courtroom, if necessary. For more information about your legal rights and options, call us at 315-479-9000 or contact us online.
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