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Queens New York Legal Blog

How will New York respond to 2019's surge in traffic deaths?

By now, most New Yorkers are familiar with the Mayor de Blasio's "Vision Zero" program, which aims to reduce traffic injuries and fatalities. For five consecutive years under the program, New York experienced a consistent decline in crash-related injuries and deaths. However, a fatality spike in 2019 has safety experts and critics wondering how to maintain the program's gains.

A dangerous year on NYC roads

Epilepsy may be more complicated than once thought

There are many diseases that are not fully understood, which makes it possible that they are misunderstood. Epilepsy, which is best known for the powerful seizures it can create, is getting a fresh look from doctors and scientists after it appears many of the people diagnosed with it do not respond to the treatments once found appropriate for it.

Epilepsy affects around one in 26 people and is best defined by abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Seizures brought on by a veritable electrical storm can have effects ranging from memory loss to complete lack of physical control. Although many people respond well if not perfectly to the appropriate pharmaceutical treatments, some patients feel they are unfairly discriminated against by being barred from professions like driving and welding.

What should you know about a misdiagnosis?

When you're not feeling well, all you want to do is get better. You may call someone and have them take you to the doctor or call an ambulance to go to the emergency room.

You expect your medical provider to do all they can to make you well, but the reality is that many misdiagnose their patients or ignore very serious symptoms to move to the next patient more quickly. That kind of negligence can lead to serious consequences for a patient struggling with an illness.

Surgical errors: Using surgery centers comes with risk

Surgical procedures can be very costly, even if you have insurance. This is why more and more New York residents are choosing to have their surgeries performed in a surgical center instead of a hospital. These centers are typically more affordable.

In most cases, patients receive quality treatment. However, having your medical procedure done in a surgical center may not be as safe as you once believed. The risk of surgical errors, anesthesia errors and other mistakes may be more prevalent in surgery centers as opposed to other clinical settings.

Medical malpractice claims filed against hospitals are increasing

Beazley Insurance Company, Inc., a hospital professional liability insurer, published a report earlier this week that captures the state of medical malpractice claims in the United States. The insurance company found that there's been a significant increase in $5 million and over claims in the past four years. They also noted that the per-claim demand for all claims has increased by around 50% during the last decade.

The head of focus groups for U.S. hospitals at Beazley discovered that the average per claim payout in 2018 was a staggering 6% higher than the 2017 amount. There was another single-digit increase every other year for the past decade as well. This is what has made for a 50% increase over the past 10 years. Claims that were settled for $400,000 in 2009 are now being resolved for $600,000.

What is neonatal hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy?

The most frightening injuries are often the ones that you cannot see. And there is no situation more fraught with emotions, good and bad, as the birth of a new life. Parents are always highly invested in the health of their offspring from the first moment they know they are coming. If the health is not perfect, parents may need help caring for their children.

How serious are birth injuries?

Erb's palsy could be natural or a result of physician error

Birth injuries can change an infant's life. A young child that has barely been in the world could have life-shattering consequences to deal with when they're older all because of mistakes that happened in the hospital.

One injury that can take place is called Erb's palsy. This is a kind of paralysis that is caused by an injury to the main nerves of the upper arm. It is most common when the upper C5-C6 nerves are severed. These are part of the brachial plexus, which is made up of a number of spinal and thoracic nerves.

Communication errors can lead to failure to diagnose

Communication is key in any profession. It is essential in the medical industry. If communication errors occur in a hospital or other medical setting, it can lead to disastrous and deadly consequences. For example, when an error in communication leads to the failure to diagnose a patient, that patient might have the basis for a medical malpractice claim.

Errors in communication can happen anywhere along the chain of command in the medical profession. The most common occurrences of errors in communication include the following:

  • Failure to read pathology reports
  • Failure to inform the patient of their test results
  • Failure to communicate with a secondary care provider
  • Failure to read a patient's chart completely
  • Failure of a surgeon to provide a patient with enough informed consent
  • Failure of one hospital department to converse with another
  • Issues with communication during patient transport

How do I choose the right nursing home for my parent?

When the time comes to move your parent into a nursing home, you will experience a rush of emotions. You will likely feel guilty because you can no longer care for them on your own, and you will be nervous about how they will be treated by the staff. Today, we will explain how you can choose the right nursing home for your parent.

When you take a tour of the nursing homes in your area, be sure to sit in on at least one meal service while you are there. This will help you see the type of food that is served and how the staff interacts with the residents.

Issues with communication can lead to hospital negligence

Going to the hospital is a very stressful situation no matter the reason for your visit. You don't expect to leave the hospital in a worse condition than when you arrived. However, this happens all too often at hospitals in New York City and throughout the country. Today, we will discuss the issues with communication that can lead to hospital negligence.

Some of the most common miscommunication issues occur between doctors and other medical providers. These issues include the following:

  • Poor documentation of the patient's treatment
  • Miscommunicating about the condition of the patient
  • Failing to read medical records of the patient

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