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When you need a medical malpractice attorney

Something went wrong with the treatment for your medical condition. The doctor says that the problem was just unexpected. The hospital says that nothing could have been done any differently. You aren't so sure -- but how do you know if your suspicions are correct? Do you need an attorney?

Maybe. Medical malpractice incidents are far too common in American society today. Surgical mistakes are the third-most-common cause of death in our country. The number of those who are injured but survive is even higher. In fact, between 2009 and 2018, New York residents were paid about $7 billion in compensation for their malpractice suits.

What should everyone know about medical malpractice?

In today's world of scientific breakthroughs and medical advances, it seems like medical malpractice should be a rare (and getting rarer) event.

It's not. In fact, medical malpractice -- specifically from surgical mistakes -- is the third leading cause of death in the United States today.

Don't believe the things you hear about personal injury attorneys

If you've been seriously injured in an accident due to another person's willful or negligent actions, you have every reason to seek an attorney's assistance in order to get the compensation you're due.

Yet, a lot of people hesitate to seek representation as promptly as they should. They disadvantage themselves when dealing with the other party's insurance company because they've bought into one or more damaging myths they've heard about personal injury attorneys, like:

Be especially cautious at New York intersections

Have you experienced the fright of stepping into a crosswalk only to have to jump back onto the curb when a car comes barreling past? Those kinds of close calls happen all the time in New York. If you're the one behind the wheel, you're obligated to be on the lookout for nearby pedestrians. Intersections are definitely high-risk areas for collisions.

There are two types of intersections: controlled and uncontrolled. Controlled intersections regulate traffic and pedestrian flow through use of traffic lights, stop signs and other signage. Uncontrolled intersections mean nothing is there to control movement. Both types of crossroads can be tricky to navigate, especially in sections where traffic is congested.

What good does a lawsuit do after a car accident?

Have you been injured in a car accident through no fault of your own? If so, do you feel guilty about suing the person or persons responsible for your injuries?

You aren't alone. A lot of people feel like they will be perceived as greedy opportunists out to make a "quick buck" off a chance accident. Here's what you need to remember when that line of thought starts to get to you:

Juul accused of causing nicotine addiction in minors

A 15-year-old girl's parents have filed a lawsuit against Juul, the wildly popular e-cigarette company, for causing their daughter's nicotine addiction.

The New York couple isn't alone. At least three such claims have also been filed in New Jersey on the behalf of other young people. All of the lawsuits essentially say the same thing: Juul knowingly targeted young people in its advertising and marketing campaigns. They developed a product that they knew would appeal to teenagers and falsely marketed it as a "safe" alternative to traditional cigarettes.

Manhattan man's family seeks answers in elevator death

The family of a Manhattan man killed in a horrific elevator accident at his luxury apartment complex intends to file a wrongful death lawsuit over their loved one's gruesome death.

In the meantime, however, they're seeking answers. In advance of the wrongful death lawsuit, documents were filed with the court asking that the apartment building's managers and owners preserve any available video evidence or records related to the accident. They also want the maintenance company that serviced the elevator to preserve any records of its services and inspections of the elevator in question.

Your doctor should be on the look out for premature labor issues

When you went to your first prenatal visit, you likely talked to your New York obstetrician about your current health condition. A nurse and your doctor may have measured your baby or, perhaps, let you see your little one on a sonogram screen. Throughout the approximately nine months of pregnancy you will navigate, such discussions, tests and examinations will take place often.

In fact, the closer you get to your due date, the more visits you may have, especially if your doctor considers you high risk for premature labor or other adverse pregnancy issues. An obstetrician is trained to recognize signs of preterm labor and to determine a best course of action to keep mother and baby as safe as possible. If your doctor or another medical team member is negligent, you or your child might suffer injury.

How you know you need a medical malpractice attorney

Did a doctor misdiagnose you? Did a hospital nurse administer the wrong drug to you? Did you end up with a post-surgical infection because some piece of equipment wasn't sterile? Did a tech forget to wash his hands before examining you and leave you with a medication-resistant staph infection (MRSA)?

If so, you may be the victim of medical malpractice -- and you may be feeling pretty traumatized over the experience. You may not even be sure what has happened to you, let alone what sort of legal options you have for recovery.

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