Q: Is there medical malpractice involved in cases where contaminated instruments were used in a New York hospital or doctor's office?

A: When healthcare facilities are negligent in the sterilization of medical instruments, they can increase the risk of the spread of disease. Contaminated instruments not properly cleaned and stored can transmit diseases between patients and lead to life-threatening conditions and infections.

If you develop a chronic infectious disease after a medical procedure, you may need a medical malpractice attorney to help you investigate the source of the infection. While some post-operative infections may occur because of a person’s depleted immune systems or other unavoidable factors, there are many instances where the source of an infection can be traced back to medical negligence, such as failing to properly disinfect a surgical instrument.

If it is found the staff was negligent in the sterilization of medical instruments, you can often file a medical malpractice claim to seek the damages you suffered due to contaminated instruments.

There are many types of viruses and bacteria that can live on contaminated instruments.

Improper sterilization of medical instruments can spread diseases such as:

  • hepatitis A, B and C;
  • tuberculosis;
  • pneumonia;
  • HIV/AIDS; and
  • many other infections and diseases.

Basically, any viral or bacterial matter that can live for a period of time outside the body can be spread through contaminated instruments. These diseases can be serious and even fatal over time, causing you and your family unnecessary suffering and losses. A medical malpractice claim can help you seek compensation for these damages with the help of an experienced medical malpractice attorney.

Contacting a New York medical malpractice Attorney

When you have sustained a serious injury or lost a loved because of medical negligence, you are entitled to seek compensation for your damages and suffering. Consulting with a medical malpractice attorney can help you better understand your rights, determine liability for your injuries, and decide if filing a medical malpractice claim is right for you.

At Gacovino Lake & Associates we have formed a dedicated network of medical malpractice attorneys that serve clients nationwide. Our New York office serves residents of the 5 boroughs with their auto accident, medical malpractice, defective drug, premises liability, and Workers’ Compensation claims. For experienced help with your medical malpractice claim, contact us today – 1-800-246-4878.

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