When you see a doctor or go to a hospital for help with a medical issue, you trust that your doctor will have the skill to care for you properly.
Unfortunately, sometimes physicians and other healthcare providers fall short of required standards of care. The attorneys at De Caro & Kaplen, LLP provide compassionate legal counsel to medical malpractice victims and their families—and we’ve been doing it for over 40 years.
According to the Journal of Patient Safety, 440,000 patients die each year as a result of preventable medical errors. The sad truth is, many will never receive adequate compensation for their injuries.
When you hire the firm of De Caro & Kaplen, LLP to represent you in your medical malpractice case, you can rest assured we have the knowledge, education, and real-world experience to get the job done right.
As an established firm with deep-rooted relationships in New York, we have the resources needed to build a solid claim against the doctor, hospital, urgent care center, or other healthcare provider responsible for your injuries. Our process includes gathering the appropriate medical and hospital records; analyzing your records, test results, and pathology studies; and securing expert opinions and expert testimony in court.
Medical professional liability insurance provider Coverys analyzed 11,907 medical malpractice allegations between 2010 and 2019, and found that:
Other allegations related to patient/environment safety (6%), obstetrics (4.4%), patient monitoring (3%), and anesthesia (2%), with the remaining 6% of allegations uncategorized.
De Caro & Kaplen, LLP, is able to assist with medical malpractice cases in each of these areas.
Each year, The Joint Commission, a body that accredits and certifies more than 22,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, reports the number of sentinel events willingly disclosed to them by healthcare organizations.
A sentinel event is defined by the Commission as "a patient safety event that results in death, permanent harm, severe temporary harm or intervention required to sustain life".
In 2021, the accrediting body received 1,197 reports of sentinel events, a 48% increase from the 809 events reported by healthcare organizations in 2020. Indeed, the 2021 figure was the highest number reported by the organization since it began publicly disclosing the data in 2007.
The most common sentinel event reported to the body in 2021 was falls (485 reports), while treatment delays (97) and unintended retention of a foreign object (97) were other common complaints.
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