Dedicated Nassau County Injury Attorneys Fight Medical Malpractice in Uniondale
Determined representation focused on positive results for injured patients
For centuries, the guiding principle of the medical profession has been “first, do no harm.” Unfortunately, negligent healthcare providers do harm to tens of thousands of patients across the country every year. In fact, studies have shown that preventable medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the United States. If you or a loved one has been the victim of substandard medical care, Licatesi Law Group, LLP is prepared to help. We have more than 40 years of experience in tough personal injury cases, including a wide variety of medical malpractice claims. We know how to overcome the numerous difficulties of proving liability and have a strong track record of positive results.
What constitutes medical malpractice?
There are two key elements that determine whether a healthcare professional has committed malpractice. The first is a mistake in treating a patient. But, this cannot be just any mistake. After all, doctors deal with complex health issues and cannot be expected to be right 100 percent of the time. However, when a healthcare provider makes a mistake that a reasonably attentive and careful professional in that discipline would not have made, that mistake can give an injured patient grounds for legal action.
The second key element is causation. A doctor is not liable for a mistake if that mistake doesn’t cause harm. There must be a causal link between the mistake and the injury the victim sustains. Proving that a particular mistake caused a particular negative outcome can be complex, depending on the mistake, the patient’s medical history, the nature of the injury and other factors.
To prove these elements, our law firm consults qualified experts in various healthcare services who can testify about the acceptable standard of care within a particular discipline and the chain of causation linking the substandard care to the patient’s injury.
Medical malpractice is far too common in New York
New York leads the nation consistently in the dollar amount of medical malpractice payouts by insurance companies. In 2017, New York’s total medical malpractice bill was more than $617 million. Clearly, there is far too much medical malpractice in New York and Long Island, and given that there are more than 60,000 medical professionals in the immediate vicinity of Uniondale, it is no surprise that our law firm has handled a wide range of claims, including:
- Anesthesia errors — Too little anesthesia can allow a patient to awaken during surgery, and too much can cause brain damage due to hypoxia or anoxia.
- Birth injuries — When doctors fail to anticipate a difficult delivery or to take decisive steps to relieve distress, they can be held liable for harm to the infant or the mother.
- Surgical errors — Common mistakes include incision errors, failing to properly close the incision area, leaving objects in the surgical cavity after the procedure and causing postoperative infection.
- Missed diagnoses and delayed diagnoses — When a doctor fails to observe obvious symptoms, fails to order proper testing or misinterprets test results, the mistake can put the patient at risk of great harm and even death.
- Medication errors — Mistakes can happen during prescribing, filling the prescription or dispensing the drugs in a hospital or nursing home setting. We thoroughly investigate to pinpoint where the mistake happened to hold the right parties accountable.
- Dental malpractice — Dental errors commonly cause tooth loss, life-threatening infection and nerve damage that leads to speech defects and loss of taste.
When you trust our law firm with your medical malpractice case, we investigate the circumstances thoroughly, consult a variety of experts in the field and assess your case. If we find evidence of negligence, we proceed with decisive steps to hold all responsible parties fully accountable for the harm you’ve suffered.
Contact a dedicated medical malpractice attorney in Uniondale, L.I. for a free consultation
To learn how Licatesi Law Group, LLP can help with a medical malpractice claim, take advantage of a free consultation and case evaluation with an experienced attorney. Call us at or contact our Uniondale office online. We are conveniently located at 591 Stewart Avenue just off the Meadowbrook Parkway about 2.5 miles southeast of NYU Winthrop Hospital.