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Hospital Negligence Archives

Patient attentiveness may reduce risk of hospital mistakes

Each day, New York hospitals facilitate the treatment of thousands of patients requiring medical care. Because of the high volume of patients, each requiring customized treatment, hospital staff are subject to human error from oversight, distraction and even carelessness. Unfortunately, in instances of error, the results can create long-term problems for victims whose overall health may be negatively compromised from the actions of previously trusted health care providers. 

Can medical errors happen in urgent care facilities?

One way that individuals in the New York City area have been able to avoid extremely long wait and treatment times and exorbitant medical costs at hospitals is to go to their nearest urgent care center. The promise of low cost and quick treatment for nonlife-threatening injuries and health ailments is a big convenience and draw. 

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. 

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. 

Reviewing patient visitation rights

When discussing cases of hospital negligence, most in Queens may think that any problems in such scenarios would be squarely focused on a patient's care. Yet what about the circumstances of a patient's care? While the primary reason that patients are admitted to a hospital or medical center is so that they can be under the direct supervision of caregivers, putting one in the ideal environment to heal and recover is just as important. To achieve such an environment, one needs to be removed from the distractions and stresses of his or her daily life. That can include keeping him or her separated from certain people. 

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

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. 

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? 

Is your local hospital authorized to provide the care you need?

Unless you possess a good deal of clinical knowledge, one hospital in Kew Gardens may appear to be the exact same as the next. Sure, some are larger or smaller than others, yet for the most part, you likely expect to receive the same level of care at any of them. However, hospitals and medical centers are actually categorized by the type or care that they are designed to accommodate. Understanding what care is available at what facility could very well influence your decision on where to seek treatment.

What are the risks of general anesthesia?

If you are about to have surgery in a New York hospital, you may wonder about the risks of general anesthesia, which is routinely used in surgical procedures. At Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld LLP, we often see people suffering from hospital negligence who were uninformed. Making sure you understand your procedure and the risks can enable you to be a better patient and help avoid negligence issues.

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