Under New York law, establishing liability in a medical malpractice case requires a plaintiff to establish that the defendant departed from the applicable standard of care and that such a departure caused the plaintiff harm. If the plaintiff is unable to offer evidence sufficient to meet their burden, their claims may be dismissed, as illustrated in a recent New York ruling. If you sustained injuries because of the carelessness of your treatment provider, it is advisable to consult a Rochester medical malpractice attorney to determine whether you may be able to pursue damages in a civil lawsuit.
Factual Background of the Case
It is reported that the plaintiff visited the defendant medical center after he suffered injuries in a slip and fall accident. The defendant doctor assessed and treated him upon arrival at the center. The plaintiff subsequently sustained unspecified losses, which he attributed to the care he received from the defendants. As such, he instituted a medical malpractice lawsuit against them, in which he asserted that the defendant doctor’s negligence caused his harm and the defendant medical center was vicariously liable for the defendant doctor’s negligence. The defendants moved for summary judgment, but the court denied their motions. They then appealed.
Proving a Doctor Proximately Caused a Patient’s Harm
On appeal, the court reversed the trial court ruling and dismissed the plaintiff’s complaint in its entirety. The court explained that defendants in medical malpractice cases bear the burden of showing that the evidence, on its face, establishes that they did not deviate from the accepted practice of medicine, or if they did, that their departure did not proximately cause the plaintiff’s losses. Continue reading