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September 2017 Archives

Are you being discharged too soon?

For many, being in the hospital in New York City brings with it a certain level of trepidation, and they cannot wait to get out of there. For you, however, it may offer a sense of security (particularly if you do not fully understand what is wrong with you). Having immediate access to providers that can help see to your pain might provide you with added comfort. These feelings may make the inevitable reality of your having to go home too difficult to face. Yet what if you believe that you are being discharged too early

Detailing the different types of medical diagnoses

One of the consistent complaints that we here at Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, LLP hear from clients in Queens is that it is so difficult to understand medical jargon. Thus, when trying to determine whether the problems associated with their medical care were indeed due to provider errors, it is often challenging to interpret the information in their medical records. For example, when you think of the word "diagnosis," you are actually thinking of a definitive diagnosis. That is the answer doctors have after doing an actual workup on you. However, it is often difficult for providers to come to a definitive diagnosis (even with the assistance of diagnostic testing). That is when other types of diagnoses come into play. 

Why is nutrition so important to the elderly?

Malnutrition typically is not something that you would think is major problem in New York City (not with popular media in recent years consistently sharing messages about America's obesity epidemic). Yet there is a segment of the population that is particularly prone to malnutrition: the elderly. Helping your loved one maintain a healthy diet can be quite difficult given his or her special nutritional needs. It is mainly for this reason why many entrust the care of their elderly family members and friends to nursing homes. Unfortunately, cases of nutritional neglect occur in such facilities, with caregivers either intentionally withholding food from residents or neglecting to see if they are eating. Yet why is nutrition so important for the elderly? 

Examining emergency surgeries

For many in Queens, the prospect of having to undergo a scheduled surgery can seem quite daunting given the fact that even with time to prepare, surgeons can still commit errors during a procedure. One can imagine how much the potential for error may go up for procedures that are not scheduled. Information shared by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality shows that while emergency surgeries account for roughly half of the general surgery workload in America, they produce between 80-90 percent of all surgery related deaths. It may be assumed that surgeries that allow for little planning and preparation might produce more errors, yet could there be other reasons why emergency surgical procedures so often produce fatal results? 

Providers refuse to admit to wrongdoing in lawsuit settlement

Those in Queens that are planning on bringing a medical malpractice lawsuit against providers that they believe were negligent in their delivery of care may be in for a long legal battle. Doctors, hospitals and healthcare organizations rely on their reputations, which is why it may seem to some that they are unwilling to admit when they make mistakes. Plus, such parties typically have the knowledge and resources to argue their points out for as long they think they need to. However, this should not deter those who allegedly suffered at their hands from trying to hold them responsible. 

Single provider shoulders bulk of $2.65 million settlement

When charges of medical malpractice are made by people in New York City, there may often be confusion surrounding who they should be leveled against. Some may point to the inappropriate actions of the doctors involved as the reason behind a patient's complaint. Others may say it was negligence on the part of a facility's staff that caused the harm in question. In any event, it is not uncommon to see multiple parties, including doctors, hospitals, medical provider groups and healthcare organizations named as defendants in a malpractice lawsuit. Yet simply being named in a suit does not necessarily mean one may be assigned liability. 

Family claims woman dies after nurse ignored her lab results

One who has been fortunate enough not to have to go an ER in Queens might only have the high-pressure images shared by TV shows to form an opinion on what such an environment is like. While popular media depictions are often dramatized, real world emergency departments can be quite hectic. The providers working in them may often feel pressured to diagnose and discharge people rapidly in order to accommodate heavy patient volumes. While some may be able to understand this to a certain extent, the need to provide quality care should always take priority over rapid treatment. When it does not, the results can be disastrous for patients. 

What if you are harmed at a teaching hospital?

Whenever you enter any of the hospitals in New York City, you bring with you the expectation that those treating you are highly trained and experienced. Yet how much would your outlook change if you knew that the provider taking care of you was a medical student? Throughout the country, countless healthcare facilities are affiliated with medical schools to help train the doctors of tomorrow. While it is widely understood that medical students and residents need real world experience in order to develop their skills, you might wonder if the hospitals where they learn produce more patient care errors? 

3 mistakes to avoid when purchasing a home

If you are getting ready to buy a home in the Queens County area, you should do more than look for houses that meet your criteria. As much as you enjoy the thought of owning your place and not having to pay rent anymore, there are some factors that can trip you up during the buying process. 

What is a long-term care ombudsman?

Nursing homes in New York have a program for ensuring that your loved one is safe and happy, and enjoying his or her highest possible quality of life. This is the New York State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, and it is mandated by the Federal Older Americans Act. 

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