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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
When you enter into hospital or other healthcare facility in Queens, you likely do so with the expectation that not only is its staff fully capable of seeing to your every medical need, but also that any incidents or errors that may have occurred in the past have better prepared them to avoid having such complication affect you. Yet that may not necessarily be the case. Why? Because statistics seem to indicate that many medical errors and adverse events go unreported.
Most of the concerns New York City residents bring to us here at Futterman, Sirotkin, and Seinfeld regarding their healthcare surrounds their treatment, not their security. Like most, you may think that the only dangerous intruders in a hospital are those microscopic bugs threatening to follow you home. However, with all the news that has surfaced in recent years regarding cyberattacks, is it realistic to think that the healthcare industry is immune to such threats? If it is not, is your local hospital or medical center is taking adequate step to protect you from such risks?