If you think medical malpractice in New York and the U.S. is an overblown problem promoted by attorneys chasing big settlements, it may surprise you to learn about a recent hospital study led by doctors themselves. According to National Public Radio, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers, led by a resident surgeon, say the result of medical errors is much more significant than previously thought. In fact, they noted mistakes should be listed as the third-highest cause of death in rankings by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
When it comes to finding a doctor or surgeon, the utmost medical professionals are generally a top priority. Most New Yorkers who have already chosen physicians in the area understand the importance of honesty and full disclosure of necessary medical information. Unfortunately, not all professionals maintain a reliable practice. What options do patients have during these difficult situations?
The fate of medical malpractice cases can hinge on the testimony given by other medical professionals. Expert witnesses are sometimes called to either show that the doctor in question acted in a substandard manner or that he or she acted in accordance with the standard of care the patient could have expected.
Going to the dentist is something that many people dread. For many people, this is because they just don't like having to sit in the chair and have someone do things in their mouth. For others, the fear of harm is what makes them want to stay as far away from dentists as possible. A recent case in a neighboring state might have some people thinking twice before going to the dentist.
Doctors have a duty to ensure that the patients receive proper care. This care must be equal to or above the standard of care. Interestingly, there is a singular standard of care that applies across the board. It is based on several factors.
One of the most important points that you have to determine in a medical malpractice case is what parties are going to be named as defendants in the case. This can vary greatly depending on the circumstances of the malpractice. With that in mind, you will have to carefully consider the events of the case so that you can determine who is going to be named as a defendant.
Every day in U.S. hospitals, nursing homes and health care clinics; nurses are on the front lines of patient care. When faced with a health problem or emergency it's imperative that patients feel confident in and can trust and rely upon the medical professionals who have pledged to keep them safe and healthy. While the vast majority of nurses throughout the U.S. and in New York State are competent health care professionals, there are some who directly violate or fail to meet professional and legal standards.
March 13 through the 19 is National Patient Safety Week and an opportune time for hospitals and individual health care providers to reflect on ways to improve patient safety and care. Statistics related to medical errors prove that there's much room for improvement as, annually, an estimated 200,000 people in the U.S. die as a result of medical mistakes. Despite the fact that medical errors remain the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., many within the medical field struggle with how to address the issue.
In any workplace, efficiency and the quality of a work product are directly tied to how employees are trained and encouraged to communicate. This is especially true in the health care industry with regard to sharing information about patients and patient outcomes.
Today's modern medical advances have saved and improved the lives of millions of patients in the U.S. and abroad. Due to developments in equipment and technique, many procedures that were previously considered invasive and required hospitalization are now considered routine and completed within a matter of minutes.
New York City residents are fortunate enough to have access to some of the best hospitals and medical facilities in the country. However, even the most experienced and astute physicians and healthcare professionals can make mistakes and, in cases where such mistakes come at a cost to patients' safety and health, legal action may be taken.
Annually, an estimated 75,000 patients die and hundreds of thousands more suffer serious injury and harm due to hospital-acquired infections. So-called super bugs like Clostridium difficile and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureu are often spread throughout hospitals and healthcare facilities. These types of bacterium are especially dangerous as, increasingly, they are becoming resistant to antibiotics and therefore extremely difficult to treat.
Undoubtedly, for a patient, obtaining a correct and timely diagnosis is critical. Every test, prescription drug, surgery, hospital stay and follow-up visit is directly linked to a doctor providing a patient with a diagnosis and recommended treatment options. Yet, despite the importance of a correct diagnosis, a new report by the Institute of Medicine reveals that the majority of U.S. patients will, at some point during their lifetime, be the victim of a diagnostic error.
A 2013 study published in the Journal of Patient Safety revealed that more than 400,000 people in the U.S. die each year as a result of preventable medical errors. From surgical mistakes, misdiagnosis errors and complications stemming from infections; hospital-related medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Based on these frightening statistics, it's more important than ever for patients and their family members to be vigilant about the level of care they are provided.
As in other states, New York law puts a time limit on how long victims of medical malpractice may wait before suing the offending physician. This is known as the statute of limitations. One reason for statutes of limitations is that, once too much time has passed, important evidence may be lost or damaged, and witness’ memories may be faded.
Do your relationships with your co-workers affect your work life? Unless you work alone and have few work-related contacts with whom you interact, you likely answered “yes” to this question. In the medical community, co-worker relationships can affect not only worker morale and productivity, they also often affect patient safety.
Are you aware that Patient Safety Awareness Week is held every year during March? Many Americans are not aware of this fact, partially because this week of awareness is not as high-profile as some other awareness campaign observances are. For example, Breast Cancer Awareness Month occurs annually during October. This observance is highly-visible, due in great part to the “pink” campaign. Pink ribbons are worn during this month, pink products are sold and even NFL players wear pink shoes to show their support.
If you have ever required emergency care, hospitalization or treatment for a serious illness, you likely understand how important it is to have mutual respect between you and your healthcare providers. Without mutual respect, there can be no real trust. And without trust, it can be difficult to understand whether you are receiving the level of care that you both require and deserve.
When the president of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation recently declared that this year's Patient Safety Summit "isn't another academic conference... This isn't the same old thing," he wasn't kidding. The Patient Safety Summit trumpeted the lofty goal of eliminating all medical errors that are preventable and committed to doing so by the year 2020. An impressive roster of political, medical and business figures have endorsed these pledges. Among those who have endorsed them are the president, the vice-president, President Clinton and other influential individuals.
The goal of steadily making progress towards greater patient safety is a critically important one. A staggering number of Americans either die or suffer significant harm as a result of medical negligence and other preventable factors on an annual basis. It is therefore an urgent goal to more successfully protect patients from preventable harm.
A wide array of factors ultimately determines whether or not a patient will remain reasonably safe during his or her medical treatment. In general, patients have the right to a specific standard of care. When facilities or healthcare providers deviate negatively from this standard of care and patient safety is compromised as a result, the affected patient can generally hold any negligent parties accountable for the harm that he or she has suffered.
The federal Healthcare Agency for Research and Quality recently released a study concerning the state of hospitalized patient safety in the U.S. The report’s findings are promising. Specifically, the agency notes within the report that recent patient safety efforts have resulted in approximately 50,000 fewer fatalities caused by hospital-acquired conditions between 2010 and 2013.
The most recent Ebola crisis has been the most widespread in history. Never before has this particular virus claimed the lives of so many individuals and across so many continents. It is therefore of little wonder that the crisis has sparked a debate about the ethics of both preventing and spreading infection.
Ebola. It's a word that is on the tongues of nearly everyone in the world right now. The spread of the disease in West Africa has killed thousands. And as nearly everyone in New York has surely heard, this week, a man in Dallas became the first victim to succumb to Ebola in the United States.
The entertainment world is still reflecting on the recent death of comedian Joan Rivers. But the passing of the entertainer is probably being felt more in New York than anywhere else. After all, Rivers hailed from Brooklyn and grew up in Larchmont.
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With the resignation of Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, it is now becoming increasingly clear that our veterans were not receiving the medical care that they deserved. This was not a new problem, however. The Veterans Administration has paid $100 million over the past 10 years to settle medical malpractice claims.
A landscaper was told that he had a condition known as myasthenia gravis. Due to this diagnosis he then underwent chest surgery to have his thymus removed. He was given medication and underwent blood treatments. As a result he gained 80 pounds and now suffers from hypertension. It was later discovered that the landscaper never had myasthenia gravis to begin with.
Even doctors can be victims of medical malpractice. One neurosurgeon was struck in the eye while performing a procedure. He in turn then underwent a surgical procedure intended to repair the damage to the eye on Jan. 14, 2011. Instead, a hole was apparently torn into the doctor's iris during the procedure and this resulted in the left pupil being destroyed. This has prevented this doctor from working since that time.
Because of possible discrimination against a former employee, patients who were admitted to a New York hospital a few years ago may have endured medical malpractice while in the care of the facility. A male nurse who worked at the hospital has filed his own lawsuit against the medical center for the way he was treated while in its employ. The lawsuit he has chosen to file may prompt former patients or their families to file medical malpractice suits of their own.
A medical malpractice suit was won by a New York woman who went to the hospital for removal of an ectopic pregnancy and was left with no legs. The jury awarded the woman a compensation amount of $62 million. The hospital has said that it will not only appeal the award amount but also the ruling in the medical malpractice case.