Improper Treatment Of Infectious Diseases

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Did A Physician Fail To Diagnose Or Treat Your Infection? Our Lawyers Want To Help You Obtain The Justice You Deserve.

InfectionsDiagnosing and treating serious infections in the bloodstream, on the skin, and in major organs of the body is a skilled job. Errors can result in tragic consequences. So when a doctor carelessly ignores an infection or tries to treat an infection without taking the proper measures, the patient can be seriously injured—or even lose his or her life.

Failing to prevent, diagnose, and treat an infection is a common cause of medical malpractice claims in New York. Our lawyers can help determine if you have a case.

Errors Doctors Make When It Comes to Infections

Physicians should consult with trained professionals before attempting to treat infections caused by bacteria, fungus, viruses, and parasites. But all too often, they don’t. We’ve seen malpractice cases arise from a variety of provider negligence scenarios, such as:

  • Failure to recognize the seriousness of an infection
  • Failure to promptly treat an infection
  • Failure to identify the cause or source of an infection
  • Failure to obtain and culture samples of the infected area before starting antibiotics
  • Failure to match the appropriate antibiotic with the infection
  • Failure to refer the patient to an infectious disease specialist
  • Failure to start antibiotics before surgery in order to prevent an infection

This Area of the Law Calls for Special Knowledge

Preventable medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S., costing our country tens of billions of dollars each year. At De Caro & Kaplen, LLP, we believe that the only way to stop these tragedies is by holding doctors and hospitals accountable for their reckless behavior. Doctors and their insurance companies have high-powered attorneys on their side to protect their interests. Don’t you deserve the same?

Attorneys Shana De Caro & Michael Kaplen have been advocating for victims of medical error for decades—over 35 years. Michael is board-certified in medical malpractice by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys.* Both of our firm’s partners have served as members of the New York State court system’s medical malpractice review panels. Due to their professional reputation in this area of the law, Shana and Michael frequently speak at hospitals and to patient groups on various medical malpractice topics.

What’s the bottom line for you? Our lawyers have the experience to take on negligent physicians in court and make them answer for the harm they caused you. You may be entitled to damages for lost income, medical bills, rehabilitation costs, your disability, and more.

Infectious Disease Malpractice: Case Studies

Case of Malaria Ignored: After returning home from India with a high fever, our client visited his internist. Despite knowing the patient had just returned from a region where malaria was common, the doctor did not administer the required blood tests. When malaria was finally confirmed days later, the doctor failed to consult an infectious disease specialist and gave the wrong medication to his patient. Sadly, the patient died. After a careful investigation, De Caro & Kaplen, LLP was able to prove that medical malpractice was a direct cause of our client’s untimely death. This resulted in a substantial settlement for the client.
Toe Infection Leads to Amputation: In another case, our client developed an infection in her toe following podiatric surgery. When she returned to the podiatrist’s office, he did not culture the wound and placed our client on an ineffective and inappropriate antibiotic. As a result the infection grew, leading to the amputation of several toes. After consulting with infectious disease specialists, De Caro & Kaplen, LLP filed a malpractice lawsuit that led to a substantial settlement.

It Costs Nothing to Talk to Us

Think you can’t possibly afford to hire an attorney to sue the doctor responsible for your injuries? The fact is, you can. That’s because at De Caro & Kaplen, LLP, we represent clients on a contingency basis. You don’t pay us a penny unless we win your case.

If you’ve suffered as a result of faulty infection treatment, contact us today.

* The American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys is not affiliated with any government authority. Certification is not a requirement for the practice of law in the State of New York and does not necessarily indicate greater competence than other attorneys experienced in this field of law.