Sports injuries have been in the news lately, both in New York and throughout the country. It seems like almost any sport can lead a player to suffer from a severe head injury. And, a head injury can lead to a lifetime of necessary care and expensive medical treatment.
When a New York doctor tells a patient that they have cancer, it is one of the worst things they could hear. The cancer diagnosis is frightening and most patients assume the worst. But, when a patient suffers from a misdiagnosis, such as not diagnosing breast cancer, they may not receive the treatment they need in a timely fashion.
New York law allows the injured to recover compensation for their damages when their injuries were caused by someone else's negligence. It's somewhat easy to see how this principle works in a relatively straightforward case. For instance, when a drunk driver carelessly smashes into a car that is stopped at a traffic light, it should not be hard for the driver who was stopped at the light to prove that the other driver's negligence caused her injuries.
Many medical malpractice suits involve a claim that doctors failed to provide medical care that was up to the standards of their profession. Often, these cases hinge on the question of whether the doctor did enough to help the patient. For example, a patient might allege that her doctor failed to diagnose a serious condition, and that therefore her condition worsened and she suffered harm because of that failure to diagnose.
As this blog has discussed previously, landowners in New York, including owners of all types of businesses, have a duty to keep their business buildings safe and secure for their guests, including folks off the street who might just be stopping in on business. A part of this duty is to protect people from a slip and fall.