In 2004, an NYC woman Jacqueline Martin developed a rare skin disorder which doctors at three different hospitals failed to diagnose. Martin's family filed a medical malpractice lawsuit, alleging that she suffered brain damage due to the hospital’s failure to diagnose her illness and negligence in medical care. According to the New York Times, a Bronx jury awarded Martin $120 million in damages - one of the largest medical malpractice verdicts ever awarded in the state.
Read more: NYC Woman Won $120 Million After Hospital Caused Brain Damage
Lili Hutchison, a long-time worker at Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, claimed that she had been discriminated against and treated poorly at her workplace after she blew the whistle on life-threatening botched up reports by the hospital's pathology lab. Hutchison alleged that the lab told the wrong patients that they had HIV even though they didn't - and told them they didn't have Hepatitis C when they did.
Read more: Lawsuit Against Hospital That Told Wrong Patients They Had HIV
Brooklyn resident Amanda Velasquez, now 27 and a married mother of two, went blind after doctors at Woodhull Medical Center misdiagnosed her glaucoma. She filed a medical malpractice lawsuit at Brooklyn Supreme Court. The jury awarded her $15 million for all that she had suffered.
Read more: Brooklyn Woman Wins $15 Million Lawsuit After Going Blind
A woman from Brooklyn, NYC, was left blind following a misdiagnosis of her glaucoma condition, after which she sued the Woodhull Medical Centre for failure to diagnose her disease. The jury awarded her $15,000,000 as compensation for medical malpractice in 2018.
Read more: Brooklyn Woman Won a $15 Million Lawsuit After Medical Misdiagnosis Left Her Blind
According to estimates, 1,735,350 new cancer cases were diagnosed in 2018 in the US, and 609,640 people succumbed to the disease. Cancer has an average five-year survival rate of nearly 60 percent, but that differs significantly depending on the form of cancer. In general, the chances of survival are higher if the cancer is diagnosed and treated early.
Unreasonable delays in cancer diagnosis are grounds for a medical malpractice claim. But malpractice cases are complex, and there are various roadblocks that you need to identify and overcome to be able to create a solid case for damages.
Read more: Has Delayed Diagnosis of Your Cancer in New York City Put You at Higher Risk?
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