Buffalo Medical Malpractice Attorney
You trust your doctor with your health, your recovery and sometimes your life but too often, they make mistakes. It’s now estimated that almost everyone who regularly sees a physician will be the victim of medical malpractice at least once in their life.
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is a form of negligence that occurs when a healthcare professional like a doctor or surgeon fails to provide an accepted standard of treatment, including but not limited to:
-Prescription drug errors
-Failure to diagnose
If you believe a doctor has failed to provide adequate treatment, the Buffalo medical malpractice attorneys at Cellino & Barnes can help. Our attorneys are former surgeons, doctors, and prosecutors with a keen knowledge of the medical field and the high standards that apply. Our lawyers also know how to get the best results possible for you and your family when filing a claim.
In New York State, there are strict deadlines that must be met and it is important to call an experienced attorney today to get started on your case. If you’re thinking about filing a medical malpractice claim, the lawyers at Cellino & Barnes will provide a comprehensive evaluation of your case for free.
Medical Malpractice Statistics
According to the Committee on Diagnostic Error in Medicine, everyone will experience one meaningful diagnostic error in their lifetime. These common diagnostic mistakes occur when medical professionals misdiagnose a patient, issue a late diagnosis or fail to diagnose an injury or illness altogether.
-At least 5% of adults in outpatient care will experience a diagnostic error
-Errors account for 6 to 17% of all adverse events in hospitals
-Diagnostic errors contribute to 10% of patient deaths (Institute of Medicine)
Medical malpractice may not only result in millions of injuries, it’s also one of the deadliest problems in the United States. Only heart disease and cancer claim more lives than medical malpractice each year and the number of deadly mistakes continues to rise:
-7,000 deaths caused by medical errors
-12,000 deaths due to unnecessary surgery
-20,000 deaths attributed to other errors
-80,000 deaths after complications or infections after surgery
-106,000 deaths attributed to side effects from prescription medications
Total: 225,000 deaths each year
Families who suffered an injury or a death due to medical malpractice were awarded almost $700 million in New York State alone last year.
What To Do If I’ve Been The Victim Of a Medical Error?
It is very important to contact one of our Buffalo medical malpractice attorneys immediately to ensure you and your family will get the largest possible compensation from a claim.
In New York State, victims of medical malpractice have just 2 ½ years to file a claim before the statute of limitations expires on their case. A Buffalo medical malpractice lawyer at Cellino & Barnes will personally work with you to make sure these deadlines are met.