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August 2017 Archives

Unnecessary restraint use is nursing home abuse

When an elderly person has physical ailments that make it dangerous to live alone, these health issues could indicate a need for the assistance provided in a New York nursing home. While some people may shy away from this move for as long as possible, Medicare.gov points out that a resident has many protected freedoms to ensure that quality of life does not suffer. One of those freedoms specifically noted is the freedom from restraints.

Midwife's past revealed to be littered with patient complaints

Alternative birthing methods have become increasingly popular in recent years both in New York City and throughout the rest of the U.S. In many cases, couples opt to go with midwives to handle these deliveries as opposed to a doctor. These specialty providers will often deliver babies in hospitals, private clinics or even in people's homes. They are trained specifically in birthing techniques and, while they are required to be licensed, may not be subject to the same standards and scrutiny that traditional providers are. Sadly, when complications do occur in the pregnancies they manage, the outcomes can often be devastating to both mothers and babies. 

Reviewing the diagnostic process

Most in Queeens likely feel confident enough in the skills and experience of their doctors to take whatever diagnoses they are given to the bank. Yet as statistics show, diagnotic errors remain a huge problem confronting the healthcare industry. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reports that such errors account for 17 percent of the preventable errors that occur among hospitalized patients in America. Many question how, with their extensive clinical knowledge and the many technological tools at their disposal, doctors can still misdiagnose patients. The answer may lie in taking a closer look at the diagnostic process itself. 

4 ways to prevent surgical mistakes

Each year, countless New Yorkers rely on their doctors and nurses for surgery to improve their health. Many of them do not expect to become surgical mistake victims. The risk of mistakes being made during surgery is low, but more cases are being reported. According to CBSNews.com, each year, medical mistakes cause 250,000 deaths. The number of patients who live and suffer from their doctors’ mistakes is much higher. 

The impact of left behind surgical tools

Surgery is a common mode of treatment for many health problems that New Yorkers have. Although they are aware of the risks that are involved, many of them never expect to end up with items left in their bodies from their procedures. Retained surgical items (RSIs) are preventable mistakes and commonly referred to as "never events," states PhysiciansWeekly.com. 

Is your local hospital authorized to provide the care you need?

Unless you possess a good deal of clinical knowledge, one hospital in Kew Gardens may appear to be the exact same as the next. Sure, some are larger or smaller than others, yet for the most part, you likely expect to receive the same level of care at any of them. However, hospitals and medical centers are actually categorized by the type or care that they are designed to accommodate. Understanding what care is available at what facility could very well influence your decision on where to seek treatment.

Recognizing a surgical site infection

It is never easy to submit yourself to surgery. In the end, however, such intervention may be necessary in order to address your health concerns. The expectation that comes with surgery is that you will emerge from it feeling better than ever, and in many cases, that is what happens. Yet several clients have come to us here at Futterman, Sirotkin and Seinfeld, LLP throughout the years having suffering complications from their surgeries in Queens. Often, those problems include surgical site infections. If you find yourself failing to adequately recover from your surgery, it could be due to the same issue.

Spotlighting nursing home neglect

When people in Queens hear about cases of nursing home abuse, they likely assume such abuse to be actual physical attacks and aggression perpetrated on residents by their caretakers. Yet there is another form of abuse that may be much less apparent, yet is equally as damaging: neglect. Typically, the family and friends of those admitted to nursing homes only result to such action when they lack the time and/or expertise to properly provide for their loved one’s needs. The expectation is, of course, that in a nursing home, residents receive the customized care and attention they require to live pain-free and enjoy life. Sadly, that does not always happen.

Reviewing wrongful birth lawsuits

Like all expectant parents in New York City, your greatest hope is that your unborn child is healthy and progressing in his or her development. To discover that not to be the case at his or her birth can be a devastating shock. Children born with birth defects will often require lifelong care that can exact a heavy financial and emotional toll. Today’s technology allows doctors to spot potential birth defects before a baby is even born. The discovery of such defects may determine how you choose to handle your pregnancy. Yet we here at Futterman, Sirotkin and Seinfeld, LLP are often asked if legal recourse is available in cases where the technology used to uncover such issues goes unutilized.

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