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November 2017 Archives

Why medical malpractice is high among minorities

When it comes to health care, you would think everything is equal. A life is a life, right? Unfortunately, interactions with the police are not the only times race affects treatment from those who are supposed to protect you. Multiple studies and reports have shown minorities receive a lower standard of care than Caucasians do, which leads to higher rates of medical malpractice.

Is a misdiagnosis always due to negligence?

Cases of medical malpractice lawsuits arising from patients in New York City being misdiagnosed by doctors are not all that uncommon. Yet they may not be representative of the total number of misdiagnosis cases that occur in the U.S. every year. Information shared by CBS News puts that number at 12 million incidents annually, half of which can result in significant harm to patients. Yet are all of those cases examples of doctor negligence? This essentially amounts to questioning whether the law allows your doctor to be wrong once in a while. 

Hospital liability in newborn falls cases

If you were asked to imagine the worst possible scenario you could face shortly after having had your baby delivered in a Queens hospital, seeing your baby dropped would likely be at the top of the list. Yet with all of the care and delicacy you, your spouse and hospital staff members know that babies require, how could something like this happen? We at Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, LLP are here to tell you that such accidents are more common than you may think. The question of liability in such an accident may come down to the nature in which it occurred. 

Hospital stay leaves man with severe bedsores

People in New York City head to area hospitals expecting to find relief from the injuries or health issues they have been afflicted with. They trust their care into the hands of doctors, nurses and other hospital staff members that they believe will do their very best to care for what is ailing them. What they may not realize is that there are health risks inherent with hospitals stays themselves. Exposure to disease-causing pathogens as well as falls and other injuries can be common in healthcare facilities. All of these problems are preventable through the proper action of hospital personnel. 

Dealing with prion-infected surgical instruments

Continuous research is constantly leading to discoveries that introduce new knowledge into the medical field. It is up to healthcare providers in Queens to stay current with the latest news related to their disciplines. Doing so helps ensure that their patients are not subjected to avoidable medical and surgical errors. Thus, a lack of knowledge about a particular hazard may not suffice as a defense to claims of negligence

Can you escape becoming a victim of medical malpractice?

If you are one of the many New York patients seeking medical treatment, you probably place a high amount of trust in your health care provider to deliver quality care. However, medical malpractice is not unheard of, which means you are at risk of injury if your doctor makes an oversight. Fortunately, you can do your due diligence to avoid becoming a victim of a medical error.

Selecting a quality nursing home for your loved one

If you have an elderly loved one who requires dedicated assistance, you may have begun looking into nursing homes in New York. While you can read reviews, interview staff members and trust your instinct, it is hard to ever know for sure just what goes on behind closed doors. Because nursing home abuse and neglect do occur around the nation, it is imperative that you spend time observing facilities to determine the level of care they provide. At Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, LLP we are experienced in working with families who have loved ones in nursing home care.

What is the difference between medical negligence and battery?

When you think of medical malpractice, the first thing that may cross your mind is medical negligence. Most publicized cases of medical malpractice in New York involve some form of negligence from hospitals, doctors, nurses and other caregiver and medical staff. However, negligence incidents are not the only way medical malpractice can occur. 

Woman gets hysterectomy and mastectomy based on wrong diagnosis

One common reason people go to their doctors in New York City is to learn about issues that may increase their risk of developing serious and life-threatening conditions. Patients trust them implicitly with their lives. When doctors and nurses abuse that trust by acting negligently, their patients often end up paying with their health. 

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