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March 2017 Archives

Detailing the use of chemical restraints

Placing your loved one under the care of a nursing home staff in Queens requires a great deal of trust on your part. Unfortunately, we here at Futterman, Sirotkin and Seinfeld, LLP can attest to the fact that such trust can be easily abused. Those working in nursing homes may often tell you that their resources are strained dealing with the number of residents entrusted to them. Sometimes, caregivers may use that excuse to use potentially dangerous methods to make their jobs easier.

Was my medication error medical negligence?

Currently, doctors have a list of more than 10,000 medications in their supply of treatment options. Even though medical advancements have meant better treatment for people in the United States, there is a higher risk of adverse drug events, also known as ADEs. The Patient Safety Network estimates that ADEs account for about 700,000 emergency room visits annually.

Lawsuit claims doctor misdiagnosed stroke patient

The patients seen in hospitals and medical centers in Queens likely trust that the education and experience of their doctors will help in diagnosing whatever issues may be ailing them. In some cases, people may come in demonstrating commonly known signs & symptoms of a particular condition, and perhaps already have an idea of what they may be suffering from. Yet if a doctor’s diagnosis contradicts their own opinions, they may instead choose to rely on his or her professional opinion. The trouble is that doctors are not always right.

What are hospital emergency codes?

Almost every time you enter into a hospital or medical center in New York City, you are likely to hear messages sent out over the facility’s intercom system. Typically, these messages are meant to page doctors or other hospital staff members, yet every now and then, you may hear an overhead alert beginning with the word “code,” then a color, then a location within the facility. What do these codes mean, and how might they affect you as a patient?

What is anesthesia awareness?

Like others in Queens, you have likely heard stories of patients waking up during surgery and dismissed them as being just that. However, anesthesia awareness is an actual diagnosed medical condition. What is anesthesia awareness? It is defined as the failure of anesthetic medication during a procedure, causing you to become aware of what is happening to you.

Understanding breech presentations

As expecting couples in Kew Gardens get closer to their delivery dates, the anxiety they may have felt about the progression of their pregnancies may begin to abate. However, last minute complications can still arise that could affect both mothers and their babies. One of the more common is to have a baby settle into a breech position while in the womb. According to the website AmericanPreganancy.org, breech presentations occur in roughly one out of every 25 births.

Understanding why nursing home abuse goes unreported

Like most of those that we here at Futterman, Sirotkin and Seinfeld, LLP work with in cases involving nursing home abuse, you likely stand ready to initiate action if you ever got word that a loved one confined to a care center in Queens was experiencing abuse. However, in order to try and help him or her, you first need to know if abuse is actually happening. Yet your family member or friend may indeed be suffering abuse, yet not telling you about it.

Determining if one has been misdiagnosed

Most patients seeking medical care in Woodbury place a great deal of confidence in their doctors’ diagnostic skills. While such professionals are indeed the ones that patients would want attempting to assess what may be ailing them, it should be remembered that healthcare professionals are human, and thus subject to judgment errors just like everyone else. Indeed, data shared by BMJ Quality and Safety shows diagnostic errors to be the leading cause of medical malpractice claims in the U.S.

Triple amputee claims triage error led to loss of her limbs

When people present to the emergency departments in New York City’s hospitals, they are typically seen by triage nurses prior to being evaluated by a doctor. The role of the triage nurse is to assess a patient to determine the severity of his or her condition. If such a condition is deemed to be serious, the patient may be taken back to be treated right away. However, despite protocols in place that are meant to help triage nurses identify severe cases, the entire assessment may take only a few minutes. Often, this is not enough time to adequately tell how serious a case may be. If treatment does end up being delayed, the consequences can be life-altering.

Ensuring expert witness testimony is admissible

If you have been the victim of what you believe to be negligence on the part of a doctor and/or the Queens facility in which he or she practices, you may be contemplating initiating legal action. Like many who come to us here at Futterman, Sirotkin and Seinfeld, LLP, however, you may be concerned that your lack of medical knowledge will undermine your claim. Not to worry; state law allows you to call in an expert witness to testify on your behalf.

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