People struggling with drug addiction are especially vulnerable and rehab centers are well aware of that. These individuals, like any other patients, trust their doctors to provide them with competent treatment and care. If you have been injured at a rehab center, you may have a valid medical malpractice claim on your hands. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, our highly skilled Syracuse medical malpractice attorneys have the necessary experience and knowledge base to evaluate your claim.
A West Virginia father is suing a rehabilitation facility alleging medical malpractice in causing his son to sustain further injuries. According to the complaint, the patient received medical care and treatment at the rehab center after suffering a drug overdose. However, the rehab center allegedly provided negligent care for someone who suffered a drug overdose, which actually worsened the patient’s condition instead of improving it. As such, the patient claims to have suffered injuries, diminution the ability to enjoy life and limited in his ability to perform daily activities.
When a patient undergoes medical treatment, they expect their physician to act in a safe and reasonable manner. When this does not happen, the results can be devastating for the patient and his or her family. An injured patient can hold a medical professional responsible for an error, omission or negligent act that results in harm to the patient via a medical malpractice lawsuit. These are civil, not criminal, claims that seek compensation for the harm suffered by the patient. Medical malpractice is generally defined as a medical professional’s deviation from the accepted standards of care in the medical community, thereby causing injury or death to a patient. The accepted standard of care refers to the level of care and caution that a reasonably competent medical professional would have used under the same or similar circumstances.
Statute of Limitations
There are strict time limits for a medical malpractice lawsuit to be filed, known as the statute of limitations. Under New York law, the statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims is two years and six months from the date of the negligent act or omission. If you do not file your claim within this time frame, you could permanently lose your right to sue. While there may be exceptions in some cases, this is the general rule that applies to the vast majority of cases. For this reason, it is vital to work with an attorney who understands the legal timelines in your case.
Trusted Syracuse Medical Malpractice Attorneys
If you believe that you suffered preventable harm at a rehab facility, you need to reach out to a seasoned Syracuse medical malpractice attorney who can assess the merits of your case. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, we represent New York clients who have been harmed or wrongfully died under the care of doctors and/or other medical professionals. These cases can quickly become very complex but you can rest assured that, with our experience, we know how to navigate them. Call us today at 833-200-2000 or you can reach us online.
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