Medical Malpractice

How Lavern’s Law Can Help Cancer Patients – Updated

By WRSH on September 12, 2018 - Comments off

medical-781422_1920New York’s legislature passed Lavern’s Law in October 2017. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed this bill, which extends the amount of time a patient has to file a medical malpractice lawsuit for a missed cancer diagnosis, in January 2018, after he and the state legislature reached an agreement. Read the rest »

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Can Hearing Loss Affect Your Healthcare?

By WRSH on October 30, 2017 - Comments off

euro-1431164_1920Quality medical care requires communication: patients need to explain their issues fully to physicians, and must be able to hear treatment instructions provided to them.

Elderly patients who suffer hearing loss, however, are often unable to hear everything that is said to them by doctors and nurses, which can impact their overall medical care. This is something that doctors and nurses throughout New York should keep in mind as they care for their patients. Failure to do so may open them up to medical malpractice claims, especially if they know the patient suffers from reduced hearing. Read the rest »

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Congress Seeks to Cap Some Medical Malpractice Damages

By WRSH on October 20, 2017 - Comments off

stethoscope-2359757_1920A bill known as the Protecting Access to Care Act, or PACA, recently passed a vote in the House of Representatives and has moved on to the Senate for a future vote.

Despite the bill’s name, what it actually does (among other things) is place a limit on the “noneconomic” damages that can be awarded for medical malpractice cases at a federal level. In New York State, there is no cap on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases, which means this federal law could override the state law in some instances. Read the rest »

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Another Never Event in New York

By WRSH on October 2, 2017 - Comments off

surgery-688380_1920There’s a reason misdiagnoses cause medical malpractice claims so commonly. Because of things like this…

Just this year a woman from Harlem underwent a mastectomy to treat what she was told was very serious breast cancer, only to learn after that she never had cancer to begin with. She said, “I didn’t know whether to smile and thank God I didn’t have cancer or cry because I’ve been through so much.” Read the rest »

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The July Effect and Risks of Malpractice

By WRSH on July 11, 2017 - Comments off

surgeon-doctor-nurse-intern-hospital-surgery-medicalWhat’s the “July Effect” in medicine?

Each year in July, hospitals and other medical centers receive an influx of new interns fresh out of medical school. With the addition of inexperienced doctors and interns at each facility, there is a perceived risk of medical errors that result in inferior care.

It’s mostly a myth.

Still, malpractice can occur at any time of year in New York, so you should always be aware of the quality of your treatment. Read the rest »

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Beware These Conditions Doctors Commonly Fail to Diagnose

By WRSH on June 15, 2017 - Comments off

NYC MalpracticeA failure to diagnose an illness is one of the most devastating and dangerous medical mistakes a doctor can commit. It can take the form of either not noticing symptoms of an illness and therefore not diagnosing one, or misdiagnosing an illness when a patient actually has a different condition.

While diagnosing is one of the more difficult tasks for a doctor, it is also essential to a patient’s health. Some of the most common missed diagnoses are also some of the most serious, so make sure your New York doctor is looking closely at your concerns. Read the rest »

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Did My Doctor Do Enough to Check Me for Heart Failure?

By WRSH on May 31, 2017 - Comments off

medical-negligenceUnfortunately, there is no single test that can predict a heart attack.

With that in mind, however, there are many different tests that can be used together in order to determine if you are at risk for a heart attack, or have recently experienced minor heart failure. Your doctor should use more than one of these methods to make sure your heart is healthy, and possibly recommend you to a New York cardiologist who specializes in heart health if you’re not. Read the rest »

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What You Need To Know About Medical Malpractice and Brain Damage

By WRSH on January 30, 2017 - Comments off

Brain-damageThere are many different traumatic events that can cause brain damage. It often occurs due to a serious injury from an accident, such as a fall from a ladder, or a head impact during a vehicle crash. In some instances, however, brain damage can be caused due to lack of oxygen to the brain. This often occurs while drowning when there is a general lack of oxygen to the body. Sadly, lack of oxygen to the brain can also occur during a surgical procedure, in which case it is often avoidable and may be due to negligence that is grounds for medical malpractice.

There are generally two terms used to refer to a lack of oxygen to the brain, which often causes brain damage. Anoxia refers to a total lack of oxygen to a person’s brain. On the other hand, hypoxia is a situation in which there is only a partial lack of oxygen to the brain. Both situations can be extremely dangerous and brain damage may occur due to either one.

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Did The Emergency Room Make Me Worse?

By WRSH on December 16, 2016 - Comments off

emergency-roomUsually, when you go to an emergency room in New York, it is because you are in need of serious medical help and you cannot wait to make an appointment to see a doctor. In these types of situations, you rely on the staff and professionals in the emergency room to see you promptly and respond reasonably in order to help you with your medical crisis. Usually, that is what happens and the highly trained men and women of the healthcare field help their patients. In some cases, however, delays in an emergency room or improper diagnosis can, in fact, make the situation much worse.

Medical malpractice is not just a way for people to try to get money out of their doctors because they are unhappy with treatment. Serious medical malpractice can result in someone’s symptoms becoming worse, potentially dangerously worse or even result in necessary procedures not being performed. In an emergency room, situations can often escalate quite quickly, which is why it is important that the staff and doctors respond promptly and properly to help treat the sick and injured.

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Common Injuries Due to Anesthesia Accidents

By WRSH on August 15, 2016 - Comments off

Anesthesia is an important part of many medical procedures, especially surgery. While most uses of anesthesia are uneventful, there are some potential accidents that can occur and result in a wide range of different injuries. Types of accidents can range from failing to understand a patient’s medical history to improperly applying the anesthesia during a procedure.

Somewhat surprisingly, the most common injury that occurs as a result of an anesthesia accident is actually tooth damage. One of the more important aspects of an anesthesiologist’s job is intubating a patient, which is the insertion of a tube down the trachea so that the patient can continue breathing. When intubation is done improperly, the tube can chip or damage a patient’s teeth during the procedure. While this may not be a serious health risk, it is still an injury for which the anesthesiologist and NYC hospital can be liable.

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