Going to the doctor can be stressful given the fact that an individual may find out that he or she is in worse health than feared. After all, a doctor may discover a serious disease, such as cancer, thus turning a patient's life upside-down. However, most New Yorkers realize that it is better to have an early diagnosis so that any condition discovered can be more quickly and effectively treated. But the sad truth of the matter is that far too many of New York's medical professionals neglect their duty to their patients, thereby putting them at risk of harm.
For example, let us look at an ongoing medical malpractice case against a New York doctor. There, the surviving family of a deceased elderly man claims that the doctor failed to prescribe proper medication and otherwise adequately treat the deceased man for his hypertension. Although the man had been seeing the doctor for a year, he suddenly fell at his residence and passed away due to a complications that arose from a stroke. The lawsuit claims that the doctor is directly responsible for the man's death.
The case may have just received a significant jolt of energy, too, as that same doctor is now accused of overprescribing oxycodone pills. According to reports, the doctor prescribed as many as 2 million of the pills to people he knew or should have known were addicted to the medication. The attorney representing the family in the medical malpractice case believes that the insurance company will settle, as the new allegations against the doctor may significantly affect his credibility in the medical malpractice case.
However, regardless of whether this case heads toward settlement or litigation, the family needs to be prepared to be aggressive in pursuing the full extent of their damages. Medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of consortium and support, and funeral costs may all come into play. Therefore, this family, and others that have been affected by hospital negligence and doctor errors, need to ensure they have a strong legal advocate on their side.