Medical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice and the Opioid Crisis

By WRSH on November 16, 2018 - Comments off

It’s difficult to turn on the evening news without hearing about ongoing developments in the “opioid crisis.” Though the media has been aggressively reporting on how the crisis has affected Americans, news reports often fail to address the role that doctors play – especially when it comes to overprescription of painkillers.

Can these doctors be held liable? What actions are being taken against the people who have flooded New York City with addictive painkillers for decades? The latest installment of the opioid saga may answer that. Read the rest »

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How Lavern’s Law Can Help Cancer Patients – Updated

By WRSH on September 12, 2018 - Comments off

medical-781422_1920New York State enacted Lavern’s Law on January 31, 2018. This new law extends the amount of time a patient has to file a medical malpractice lawsuit for a missed cancer diagnosis. 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

What’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. Read the rest »

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Beware These Conditions Doctors Commonly Fail to Diagnose

By WRSH on June 15, 2017 - Comments off

A 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. 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

Unfortunately, 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

There 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. Read the rest »

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Did the Emergency Room Make Me Worse?

By WRSH on December 16, 2016 - Comments off

Usually, 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. Read the rest »

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