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July 2019 Archives

Is your parent being chemically restrained?

If you became forced to place your parent in a New York nursing home because of his or her age, chronic illness or deteriorating condition, you likely worry about the care (s)he receives there. Unfortunately, you have good reason for your concern. The results of a recent investigation show that many nursing homes engage in illegal chemical restraint practices.

Medical errors the nation’s third-most-common cause of death

No one knows your body quite like you do, so when you feel unwell, you probably trust your instincts and visit your New York doctor so he or she can figure out what is wrong and recommend a course of treatment. Unfortunately, though, some patients find out the hard way that doctors, like everyone else, are not immune to making mistakes. At Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, LLP, we understand that physician errors are a serious concern for many patients, but we also recognize that there are certain things you can do to help avoid having a medical mistake wreak havoc on your life.

What is placental abruption?

If you are a New York mother-to-be, your daily life likely is filled with constant thoughts about your developing baby and ways in which you can keep him or her as safe and healthy as possible. Unfortunately, however, you do not have control over everything concerning your pregnancy. Placental abruption represents one of those things, and if you develop it, your baby could be permanently damaged or even die. So could you.

Questions to ask a prospective real estate attorney

Real estate transactions can, at times, prove immensely complicated. In some cases, it may serve you well to hire someone who is knowledgeable about the local market who can guide you through the process. Some real estate attorneys are more knowledgeable and harder working than others, however. Because hiring an attorney typically involves an investment, it may serve you well to take your time and make sure you are hiring the right person.

Signs and symptoms of undiagnosed Lyme disease

When you have certain medical conditions, your best chance at a full recovery often comes with an early and accurate diagnosis, but regrettably, not all New York doctors guide their patients in the right direction. At Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, LLP, we recognize that failing to diagnose certain specific medical conditions, among them Lyme disease, can lead to a wide range of related complications, many of which can take a considerable toll on your overall quality of life.

Health conditions doctors commonly misdiagnose

When you feel unwell, chances are, you schedule a visit with your New York physician so that he or she can assess what is affecting you and recommend a course of treatment. Regrettably, though, doctors are not immune to making errors, and some errors doctors make can have significant effects on your overall prognosis. At Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, LLP, we recognize that, when doctors fail to diagnose, or misdiagnose, certain conditions, it can, in some cases, mean the difference between life and death. Therefore, we have helped many people who suffered due to a missed or delayed medical diagnosis pursue appropriate recourse.

Erb’s palsy: causes, risk factors and treatment

When you prepare to deliver a child in a New York hospital, you may do so with one main goal in mind: delivering a healthy, happy baby. Unfortunately, though, not everyone who delivers babies in New York hospitals is able to achieve this goal, and in some cases, medical hardships arise because of a doctor’s error or negligence. At Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, LLP, we recognize that Erb’s palsy is one of a number of conditions that can occur due to a doctor error, and we have helped many families who suffered because of Erb’s palsy diagnoses pursue appropriate recourse.

Can objects get left behind in operating sites?

When you enter an operating room to have a procedure performed, you put your life in the hands of surgeons and other medical professionals. You may be going in to the operating room to have the procedure in hopes of coming out with an improved quality of life. Unfortunately, for many people, that is not always the case. Surgeons and surgical staff are humans and are prone to make mistakes. Yet, when made in the OR, these errors could affect peoples’ lives. 

Electronic medical records can lead to medical errors

Advanced technology has made way for thousands of new medical treatments and methods of storing patient information and records. Yet amidst all of these new developments designed to eliminate medical mistakes, errors continue to occur. Some of these errors could lead to patient injuries and deaths. In addition to physicians and other medical professionals acting negligently by pushing the wrong buttons, applying patient notes under the wrong patient or making other mistakes, the software programs themselves may have glitches that could result in a catastrophic error

Risks associated with unnecessary cesarean sections

Chances are, either you, your wife or someone else you know in New York delivered a baby via cesarean section, and whether that C-section was medically necessary might be up for debate. At Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, LLP, we understand that your chances of having a C-section vary broadly based on certain factors, and one such factor is the hospital in which you give birth.

Falls kill about 1,800 U.S. nursing home residents annually

When you help a loved one make a new home in a New York nursing home, you likely do so while feeling relatively confident in the level of care your parent or other loved one will receive while a resident there. Unfortunately, though, falls among older Americans are quite common in many nursing home environments, and at Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, LLP, we recognize that, while some falls are unavoidable, others result from negligence or environmental factors.

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