Perhaps you’re one of many New York parents whose child has been admitted to a hospital for surgery or emergency care. Or, maybe you’re an adult child of an aging parent who recently transitioned to an assisted care facility. When your loved one’s health and safety are entrusted to licensed professionals, you can reasonably expect quality care in accordance with state laws and accepted safety standards. Sadly, if your loved one suffered injuries or became ill under such care, medical malpractice might be the cause.
No one wants to think of a loved one receiving inadequate care or, worse, being abused. If you suspect that your child or other family member is a victim of substandard care, you can take several steps to advocate on his or her behalf. Knowing what to do, as well as where to seek additional support as needed, can be lifesaving in certain circumstances.
Many issues may be relevant when you suspect medical malpractice
The following list includes numerous issues that are often connected to medical malpractice that has resulted in injuries, illness or fatality to a patient:
- Failure to diagnose
- Medication errors
- Surgical errors
- Patient neglect or abuse
- Failure to treat
- Incorrect treatment
These issues all place patients at risk for serious injuries or, in worst cases, death. If your child or aging loved one has shown signs of illness or injury, you can advocate on his or her behalf by requesting a meeting with hospital or nursing home administrators.
If you’re not satisfied with the explanation you receive, keep digging
If you feel like you’re given the run-around when you ask questions about possible substandard care regarding your child or aging parent, do not hesitate to further investigate the issue. Medical professionals know how to avoid medication, surgical and treatment errors. They also know that it is unlawful to neglect a patient’s needs or to abuse a patient in any way.
When medical malpractice occurs in a New York hospital or nursing facility, the patient who has suffered injuries is entitled to seek restitution in a civil court. In the case of a minor or an elderly parent, you can act on the patient’s behalf if you’re a parent or legal guardian or have power of attorney to make decisions for an incapacitated loved one. Sometimes, it’s necessary to get local law enforcement involved when investigating a case involving possible neglect, abuse or mistreatment in a medical environment.