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Protecting yourself against dangerous prescription errors

If you have been prescribed a medication to help treat your symptoms, chances are you trust your doctor's judgment and immediately go to pick up your prescription. While it is implied that you can trust your doctor's advice, education and experience, there are times when doctors make mistakes. Prescription errors for example can negatively compromise your physical health and in serious cases cause extended injury and pain. At Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, LLP, we have helped many people in New York to understand how medical malpractice could potentially affect them. 

How can you protect your safety during a visit to the ER?

If your health or the well-being of a loved one has been compromised and you have to make a trip to the emergency room, chances are you are relying on the expertise of qualified health care professionals to prescribe a treatment plan. However, the doctors and nurses who are responsible for treating you and your loved ones are also subject to the risks of making a mistake. Because of the sometimes-chaotic environment of many hospital emergency rooms in New York, communication can fall through the cracks or careless missteps are made which can significantly compromise your safety and health. 

Urgent care centers vs. emergency rooms

Many in New York City may have difficulty differentiating "urgent" from "emergency." Both words denote a heightened level of need and severity. Thus, when one hears the terms "emergency room" and "urgent care center," he or she may believe they represent the same type of facility. Yet they do not. According to Becker's ASC Review, there are currently 7,100 urgent care centers in the U.S., compared to 5,025 emergency rooms. The most obvious difference between the two is location. Urgent care centers are usually found in freestanding clinics, while ER's are located in hospitals (leading many to refer to them as "emergency departments"). A bigger distinction, however, is the type of care each offers. 

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. 

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. 

Why are you and your doctor speaking different languages?

You will likely be the first to admit that you do not have the level of clinical knowledge the many doctors practicing in Queens possess. At the same time, those doctors also need to recognize that you are the world's foremost authority on yourself. However, getting both sides to understand that is often difficult. At times it may even seem as though the two of you are not speaking the same language. 

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 difficcult 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. 

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. 

Reviewing the diagnostic process

Most in Queeens likely feel confident enough in the skills and experience of their doctors to take whatever diagnoses they are given to the bank. Yet as statistics show, diagnotic errors remain a huge problem confronting the healthcare industry. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reports that such errors account for 17 percent of the preventable errors that occur among hospitalized patients in America. Many question how, with their extensive clinical knowledge and the many technological tools at their disposal, doctors can still misdiagnose patients. The answer may lie in taking a closer look at the diagnostic process itself. 

Common cancer diagnosis mistakes

Finding out you have cancer is probably one of the top scariest things you could ever imagine happening to you. Every day people are getting a cancer diagnosis in New York. However, every day there are also people who are seeing a doctor and not getting the proper diagnosis. Leaving cancer undiagnosed is a serious issue that we at Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld LLP do not want to see happen.

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