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July 2015 Archives

Effectively recognizing when the hospital is the defendant

Despite the fact that New York hospitals often proclaim themselves to be places of healing, the vast majority of medical facilities function as other for-profit corporations do. The services that hospitals offer include providing vital medical care and treatment to you and other patients, but they are still primarily concerned with keeping expenses low and meeting their profit quotas. Such conflicting ideals not only make for a bad business model but they also put patient lives at risk. The attorneys at Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, L.L.P., are well-versed in hospital business practices that contribute to incidents of medical negligence, and are ready and able to hold them liable for malpractice when necessary.

What is Erb’s palsy?

Despite the fact that many people, including doctors, are prone to comment on the resilience of newborn babies, young infants are particularly vulnerable to numerous types of medical conditions and injuries. The birthing process itself can present a number of serious risks for babies, including nerve damage and permanent disability in some cases. Erb’s palsy is a type of birth injury that affects countless babies every year.

Surgeons' complication rates often not tracked by hospitals

For New Yorkers, choosing the right surgeon to perform an operation is one of the ways in which they can protect themselves from surgical errors and complications. Many people often rely on the recommendation of their doctor or hospital staff, but Queens surgical errors lawyers know this can be a mistake. The surgeon may have a history of making mistakes during operations or there may be a pattern of complications. However, as one recent analysis shows, hospitals often don't track these surgeons' complication rates.

The prevalence of medication errors in hospitals

It is a frightening thought that going to the hospital can actually endanger someone. Unfortunately, for many in New York and around the country, it is true. Among the many mistakes that could be made in a hospital setting, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reports that medication errors are among the most common. There are a number of ways this happens, including the following:

Advocating for your loved one and nursing home patient

The attorneys at Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, L.L.P., continually meet families who have serious questions and concerns about the health and safety of a loved one living in a New York nursing home facility. In some instances, they suspect that their spouse or parent is being neglected by nursing home medical staff. Other times, they are distraught by the fact that their loved one’s fatal injury could have been prevented with improved patient care and preventative measures. Serious and fatal incidents of nursing home abuse and neglect happen every year across the state and country. That is why we strive to always advocate on behalf of our clients and the most vulnerable members of our community.

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