New York City, New York, has a very rich sports culture. And while many baseball fans root for their favorite players, some forget that players are ultimately employees that can sustain serious injuries as a result of their line of work. One particularly recognizable New York baseball player recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against his physician and hospital, claiming that negligence and incorrect treatment contributed to his major injury.
When a serious medical mistake occurs in a New York hospital, it's often only after the damage is done that patients realize the error could have been avoided. Sadly, hospital negligence is responsible for countless injuries, illnesses and deaths each year around the country. Here are a few key points every patient should keep in mind to protect themselves against life-threatening medical mistakes.
According to a new study published in the Journal of Patient Safety, the number of patients who die because of medical errors may be higher than previously thought. The results of the study are actually a compilation of four different studies conducted between 2002 and 2008, which examined the medical records of more than 4,200 hospitalized patients. By taking those figures and applying them to the United States, it is estimated that between 210,000 and 440,000 patients die every year because of hospital error.
When someone files a medical malpractice lawsuit in New York, they may be awarded compensatory damages. These are designed to cover the costs of the plaintiff's injury. In some cases, punitive damages may also be awarded. These are designed to punish the defendant.
The majority of doctors and nurses in New York are diligent when it comes to providing their patient's with the best care. They work hard to ensure that every surgery is a success. No matter how careful they are, however, it only takes one mistake to dramatically alter someone's life. A University hospital with a better than 98 percent success rate on kidney transplant operations recently made an unthinkable error that resulted in a medical negligence lawsuit.
A cancer diagnosis is devastating. It is frequently known as the silent killer, and the implications of such a diagnosis quite often lead patients to the belief that the sickness will likely be life-threatening without treatment. However, an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicates that the term "cancer" has been misunderstood and misused for far too long.
Emergency rooms and New York hospitals are quite frequently overloaded, leaving the doctors, nurses and other hospital personnel understaffed and overworked. The long shifts that are required, combined with the general rigors of the industry, can wear on individuals and cause them to make medical errors.
Everyone is entitled to the same level of care when in the care of emergency room physicians regardless of what they are being treated for or what time of day or night they are admitted. Yet, that doesn't always seem to be the case. Medical professionals make mistakes--just as everyone else does. When medical errors are careless or life-threatening, however, the doctors and nurses should be held accountable for their actions.
When a hospital error is committed in New York City, it is often the victim of the error who suffers the most since he or she is the one who experiences the pain, anguish and the continued stress of going back and forth to medical providers. Doctor errors, especially in diagnostics, are considered to be one of the leading issues in medical mistakes according to several studies released in the last year.
Our readers may remember the story of a woman in Queens who was the victim of multiple emergency room mistakes in diagnosing her condition, before it was discovered that she had lung cancer. While the woman had been planning to file a medical malpractice lawsuit, she was unable to do so before her death due to New York law and time limits. According to the law, victims of urgent care errors and other medical mistakes must file within two and a half years for a private hospital and 15 months for a city hospital.