According to Stuchin, he was told to give his surgical cases to younger surgeons and was subjected to months of monitoring and testing to validate his surgical ability, as his superiors claimed that there had been “complications” in his work. Stuchin disputes this and states that he has not had a malpractice judgment against him. When he still did not step down, Langone Medical Center allegedly removed his support staff and burdened him with younger, inexperienced residents who took longer to train and which forced him to cancel surgeries. Additionally, patients were diverted to younger surgeons under false claims that Stuchin didn’t perform the specific procedures that were needed. Worst of all, he was assigned a 35-year-old doctor to monitor him and his work.
While still employed by the hospital, Stuchin claims that he has lost tens of thousands of dollars in compensation and has suffered from anxiety since his harassment began. His lawsuit is still ongoing, and he is seeking unspecified damages.
While doctor’s suing their own hospitals for medical malpractice isn’t common, it certainly highlights the fact that anyone can be a victim of medical malpractice, and that “harm” or “damage” can be experienced in several different ways.
Ultimately, medical malpractice is also known as medical negligence. Several things can cause medical malpractice; however, many medical malpractice lawsuits are caused by:
- Your doctor providing you with the incorrect treatment
- Your doctor providing you with sub-standard treatment
- Your doctor providing you with no treatment
Pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit makes it possible for you and/or your family to receive compensation from the injury or harm that was caused by the doctor’s negligence. In fact, medical malpractice lawsuits are on the rise, with “Medscape” reporting in 2017 that there were between 15,000 and 19,000 medical malpractice lawsuits in the United States alone. Startlingly, most of the doctors who took part in the Medscape study indicated that they had been named in a medical malpractice lawsuit in one form or another, so it’s important to know your rights if you have been the victim of medical malpractice.
The very first thing you should do is contact a medical malpractice lawyer who can analyze your case and guide you on the way forward. If you live in NYC, then you will need to consult with a qualified NYC medical malpractice attorney, as they will generally be familiar with the medical center that you are naming in your lawsuit, and can inform you of the statute of limitations and state-specific laws that you will need to follow.
If you think that either you or even a family member may have been a victim of medical malpractice, please contact the medical malpractice lawyers of Rosenburg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff LLP in NYC.
You can speak to one of our medical malpractice attorneys for a free, confidential consultation by calling (212) 697-9280 today.