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What is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice is defined as professional negligence by act or omission by a healthcare provider in which the treatment provided falls below the accepted standard of practice in the medical community and causes injury or death to the patient, with most cases involving medical error.

An well known example of Medical Malpractice as reported in the New York Times is the story of Kim Tutt. Kim was getting her jaw x-rayed at the dentist, a routine process that most everyone has gone through, when they noticed a large lump on the left side of her jaw. After undergoing further examinations, she was told she had 3-6 months to live. The doctors told her she could possibly get an extra three months if they removed the left side of her chin, right up to her ear, and replaced it with her fibula. Desperate to spend more time with her 10 and 12 year old sons, she underwent the procedure. The lump was removed, and although slightly disfigured, Tutt was grateful to have extra time with her sons. Three months later, she was called to the doctor’s office, who gave her the good news that she was cancer free. The bad news? She had in fact never had cancer at all. There had been a mix up in the lab, and Kim Tutt had gone through five surgeries and been left disfigured for nothing.

Merson Law’s Principal Attorney Jordan Merson is widely considered one of the top medical malpractice lawyers in New York State. Merson has handled all types of cases and a substantial portion of his practice is dedicated to children and those injured at or around the time of birth, as well as wrongful death cases.  Merson has litigated cases that has resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in recoveries.  We have a doctor that is part of the team that reviews all of our medical malpractice cases. Contact us for a free consult today including by one or more medical doctors.

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