Many in New York City may be well aware of the fact that diagnostic medicine does involve some degree of estimation and conjecture. What allows them to accept that may be due to the idea that if one is initially misdiagnosed, he or she can simply return to his or her doctor in the problem persists, giving his or her caretakers the chance to reformulate their diagnosis. However, in many cases, a missed or incorrect diagnosis could deprive a patient of the chance to be reexamined once again. Thus, clinicians are expected to be able to at least approximate the correct diagnosis during an initial patient encounter.
Given the high cost of healthcare, some in Queens may choose to avoid seeking medical treatment altogether. You may share this same attitude, especially if you do not have health insurance. Yet what if you are left with no choice? When an emergency situation arises and you need immediate treatment, are you expected to avoid seeking it simply because you are uninsured? Perhaps a better question is whether a hospital is allowed to refuse you emergency care if it fears you are unable to pay for your service.
New York City residents who believe their elderly or infirm loved ones may be experiencing abuse at the hands of the staffs of the facilities where they reside may want to quickly take action to stop it. One's best chance of having his or case handled appropriately may be to report his or her suspicions directly to the appropriate state agency.
When medical issues arise, the speed at which treatment is delivered may be the difference between life and death. For many of those patients in Queens that we here at Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld LLP have worked with, the surgical errors that they suffered came as the result of a delay in receiving treatment. If you are in a distressed state that requires emergency surgery, you likely assume that those involved in your care are “on the ball” in preparing for your procedure. If they are not, and you suffer because of it, then you may deservedly want to know why.