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September 2016 Archives

What should hospitals be doing do to prevent falls?

When you go to the hospital in New York City, you likely do so believing that you will be safe. Yet simply because care services are rendered at hospitals and medical centers does not necessarily mean that they are safe. In fact, your condition may contribute to the dangers that you may face there, particularly from falls. The question then becomes is what should hospitals be doing in order to keep you from falling.

NYC AMNESTY PROGRAM

New York City is offering an amnesty program and is reducing penalties and interest for many violations issued by the New York City Department of Buildings, New York City Department of Sanitation, Department of Transportation, Fire Department and various other city agencies. The violations must be in judgment, which means that New York City has filed a public record of the liability for the entire amount due, plus additional interest.

Examining resident-on-resident nursing home abuse

Most in Queens may assume that when people come to us here at Futterman, Sirotkin and Seinfeld LLP with claims of nursing home abuse, such accusations are typically leveled against caregivers. Yet if you have a family member or friend in a long-term care facility, the staff members are not the only ones that you may need to be worried about. Studies have shown that abuse between nursing home residents may be much more common thank you think. The results of such abuse may be just as devastating as that suffered at the hands of caregivers.

Analyzing anesthesia errors

Those seeking surgical interventions in Queens should understand that during their procedures, they may be relying not only on the skills of their surgeons, but in those of the anesthesiologists assigned to their cases, as well. Anesthetic agents make it possible for one to be able avoid the pain inherent with operating on the body, yet few understand the mechanisms for how they are able to do this. These drugs either render patients unconscious (in the case of general anesthesia) or block the nerve receptors in localized areas that carry pain signals to the brain. Whenever any of the body’s natural responses are inhibited, problems may occur.

Understanding how x-rays may be misinterpreted

Many of the Queens residents that come to see us here at Futterman, Sirotkin and Seinfeld, LLP indicate a sense of surprise when they learned that their doctors misdiagnosed them. When you are involved in accident or are feeling sick, you may go to your local emergency room or doctor’s office expecting that your provider may not able to see the direct cause of your pain. Yet if radiological images are obtained, then you likely anticipate that he or she, given his or her experience, will be able to correctly analyze such scans and identify your problem. Even with the benefit of advanced imaging resources, however, statistics show that doctors can still misinterpret x-rays.

Three options for birthing providers

Having a baby is one of the most exciting times in a couple's life together. But it can also bring with it stress, uncertainty and the need to make important decisions about the birthing process. Assuming a healthy mother with a pregnancy that doesn't present any unusual challenges (such as twins) or a medical history or serious chronic medical conditions that might complicate things (high blood pressure or diabetes), couples have options when choosing a practitioner to facilitate the birthing process. Knowing the benefits and limitations of each type of practitioner can help make this decision process easier. 

Lawsuit filed over lethal dosage administered to elderly patient

When people in New York City hear about lawsuits filed against hospitals, their first thoughts may be that such action is simply an attempted “cash grab” on the part of disgruntled patients. Most may accept the fact that doctors, nurses and other clinical personnel are human, and thus subject to mistakes. What may not be understood is that those looking to hold hospitals accountable for their errors through legal action have the same understanding. They may feel, however, that negligence rather than human errors were responsible for the pains they were subjected to. Their motivation for their actions may actually be to promote changes that may help ensure that others are not required to go through the same suffering they were forced to endure.

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