People consult with a healthcare practitioner, urgent care, or emergency room when they are sick or injured with the reasonable expectation they’ll be treated or cured. Unfortunately, sometimes patients end up sicker or worse off due to medical errors made by staff or negligence on the part of the healthcare provider.
Medical malpractice is now ranked as the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Every year about $250,000 people in the U.S. die because of reasons related to medical malpractice. Sadly, many of the mistakes or misdiagnosis made during the course of treatment could have been preventable. Medical errors, late diagnosis, misdiagnosis and other forms of medical malpractice are handled with care and sensitivity by the Raphaelson and Levine Law Firm. If you believe you’ve been injured due to negligence on the part of a healthcare provider, our lawyers will help protect your rights.
BELOW ARE BRIEF SUMMARIES OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAWSUIT SETTLEMENTS WE HAVE SECURED FOR PAST CLIENTS.
$750,000 Misdiagnosis Settlement
New York Gynecologist Neglected to Inform Patient About Suspicious Mass
$2.2 Million Medical Error Injury Settlement
Improper Diagnosis by Hospital Center and Primary Care Group Led to Patient Blindness
$750K Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis
A 45-year-old woman had a sonogram that indicated a suspicious mass in her breast. The doctor failed to inform her of the mass. As a result, this cancer was not discovered until 6 months later. She suffered significant complications that would not have occurred if the cancer had been diagnosed earlier. Our law firm obtained a satisfactory settlement from her gynecologist because of his failure to properly diagnose her with breast cancer.
$2.2M Medical Error Injury Settlement
Repeated failures to properly diagnose severe headaches resulted in a young woman becoming legally blind. The woman, a teaching aide, was in and out of three emergency rooms in October of 1998, before she was properly evaluated by a neurologist and referred to a neuro-ophthalmologist. She first went to Westchester Medical Center and later to Our Lady of Mercy Hospital.
By the time he identified that pressure on her optical nerve was the cause of her headaches, the damage was irreversible. She was left with no central vision, sees only shadows, no colors, and must use a white cane. The case against Westchester Medical was resolved for $1.75 million and with her primary care group for an additional $500,000.