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Medical Malpractice


Albany & Upstate NY Medical Malpractice Attorneys

Surgery and medications are risky. Diagnosing an illness is complex. Childbirth can be complicated. Sometimes things go wrong medically even with the best of care. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that a bad outcomeis not necessarily the basis for a medical malpractice lawsuit.

In a nutshell, to establish medical malpractice you must prove that: (1) one or more health care providers failed to act in accordance with accepted medical practices; (2) the patient suffered a significant and permanent injury (or death); and (3) the malpractice was a direct and substantial cause of the injury or death.

Determining whether your medical malpractice case has merit requires an extensive review of your medical history, which starts with our detailed interview with you. If it appears your case has merit, the next step is for our attorneys to obtain and review all relevant medical records. We also review relevant medical literature to determine the appropriate standard of care when the injury occurred. We then retain the best and most appropriate independent medical experts available to review your file and to provide us with an objective assessment of your case.

Only then can we tell you whether you have a case. Our office pays all of the fees for obtaining your medical records and all of the costs for retaining the medical experts necessary to review your file. We never charge a fee for determining whether your case has merit.

Medical Malpractice Claims We Handle

At Powers & Santola, LLP., we handle all types of medical malpractice cases, including:

Obstetrical malpractice

Obstetrical malpractice causing birth injuries to a child (such as cerebral palsy, shoulder dystocia, Erb’s palsy, brachial plexus injuries, hypoxia, extracranial injuries and intracranial injuries) and injuries to the mother (VBAC), including uterine rupture and infection and perinatal infection

Surgical errors

Surgical errors, including pre-operative malpractice, post-operative malpractice and ophthalmology or Lasik surgery mistakes

Emergency room errors

Emergency room errors, such as failure to diagnose and properly treat heart attack or stroke,  failing to identify a brain injury, failing to timely admit a patient, and failing to order test such as EKGs and X-rays

Hospital errors

Hospital errors that lead to infections, sepsis, septic shock or blood clots and other serious injuries and illnesses

Medication errors

Medication errors, including pharmacy errors, admiration of defective and dangerous drugs, excessive or incorrect dosing and anesthesiology errors

Failure to diagnose

Failure to diagnose illnesses such as breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer and bladder cancer
We accept cases involving doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, pharmacists, radiologists and other medical professionals. Our firm also handles medical malpractice cases occurring in hospitals, surgical centers, clinics and doctors’ offices. We help clients in pharmaceutical malpractice cases, and malpractice and abuse that occur in nursing homes.

Contact Our Injury Lawyers Today

Contact Powers & Santola, LLP., online or call us toll-free at 518-465-5995 to schedule a free initial consultation at our Albany or Syracuse office. Talk to an experienced upstate New York medical malpractice lawyer today to assess your legal rights.