Whether you see them for a routine exam or a specific medical issue, you trust your internist or family practitioner to alert you to a developing medical condition and find problems that may affect your good health. Yet sometimes physicians, physician’s assistants, or nurse practitioners miss or ignore signs of illness and cause more harm than good. If you or a loved one has suffered at the hands of a careless provider, you may feel powerless to take action. That’s where De Caro & Kaplen, LLP can help. Contact our attorneys today.
Why You Need Qualified Legal Representation
When you’re dealing with a potential internist malpractice claim, hiring a general personal injury attorney may not be the most beneficial course of action. This area of the law is complicated, and building a strong case requires an in-depth knowledge of the medical issues, the law, and legal remedies that apply specifically to medical malpractice cases.
De Caro & Kaplen, LLP has handled countless malpractice claims, with hands-on experience in everything from securing expert testimony to reviewing medical records. Our firm’s founding partners, Shana De Caro and Michael Kaplen, are not intimidated by insurers who try to pressure our clients into accepting lowball settlements. They’ll fight tooth-and-nail to get you the best possible outcome for your case. Our attorneys prepare every case as if they’re going to trial. That way, the negligent doctor, assistant, and his or her insurance company know we’re serious and ready for the courtroom if necessary.
What’s more, we have a history of success in litigating these types of claims. Many of our clients have received multi-million-dollar settlements and verdicts with our attorneys by their side. Although the money can’t undo the damage done by a negligent physician, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner, it can help remove the financial burdens associated with lost wages, medical bills, and other expenses.
Does Your Case Involve Any of These Scenarios?
Since internists and primary care doctors act as the “gatekeepers” of a patient’s health and often coordinate specialty care, they are frequently involved in malpractice claims. Talk to us if your situation involves any of the following:
- Failure to properly diagnose your medical condition
- Failure to provide proper treatment
- Errors in the performance of a procedure
- Errors made by employees who were not properly supervised
- Treating you for a condition for which they lack appropriate training
- Providing an incorrect prescription, or administering an inappropriate medication
- Failure to refer you to a proper specialist
- Failure on the part of a physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner to inform a physician of a patient’s signs, symptoms, and complaints
- Failure to refer the patient to a licensed medical professional
- Failure on the part of a doctor to review the patient’s treatment rendered by the physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner
A Real Example of Internal Medicine Malpractice
Case Spotlight: In one case handled by De Caro & Kaplen, LLP, the internist took an EKG of our client, who complained of shortness of breath and chest pain after moving furniture in his home. The doctor misread the EKG. Instead of beginning life-saving treatment and sending the patient to the hospital, this internist sent his patient home with a diagnosis of a muscle sprain. Several hours later, the patient sustained a massive heart attack and died.
Our medical malpractice lawyers obtained the EKG strips and reviewed them with the assistance of a trained cardiologist. We were able to prove that the internist misread the strips and missed the critical opportunity to save our client’s life.
Do I Have to Pay a Retainer Up Front?
No! At De Caro & Kaplen, LLP, we receive no fees unless we recover compensation on your behalf. In fact, all of the costs associated with your legal representation will come out of this amount. You’re charged absolutely nothing at the beginning of your case. And if we don’t win, you don’t pay a dime.
Don’t Wait to Seek Legal Help
Like most states, New York limits the amount of time you have to file a medical malpractice claim. Making that first phone call can mean the difference between struggling to pay your bills and getting full and fair compensation for your suffering. Contact us today.