When you go to your doctor, you may uphold the same belief as many other people; that your wellbeing is solely in the hands of the people caring for you. While this is true to a point, you also have patient rights. These entitlements are designed to protect you and give you the highest possible chance at receiving quality and compassionate care. At Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, LLP, we have helped many people in New York to effectively deal with the consequences of medical malpractice.
While recovering in a New York City hospital, it is important for patients to breathe in air free of deadly pathogens. However, not all health care facilities maintain quality air as they should. In fact, according to Hughes Environmental, the Centers for Disease Control estimates as many as 1.7 million people contract infections from staying in a hospital. Many of these infections are due to contaminants carried by the hospital’s air.
The act of opening up a person during an operation is a major reason why many patients do not want to be aware of their own operations as they occur. Fortunately, general anesthesia is enough to keep a person sedated while the surgery is in progress, sparing them from any disturbing sights and sounds. However, a report from New York’s WLNY station revealed that some patients do wake up during surgery with traumatizing results.
When you enter a hospital, whether you are sick or going in for surgery, you expect to be made healthier while you are there. However, in some cases, the hospital environment leads to further infection and illness. One such issue involved Clostridium difficile or C. diff.
When it comes to medical errors and negligence, many New Yorkers might not realize that the issue is one that continues to plague the health care industry. Many physicians and nurses are not the cold and callous individuals that many people think they are. Instead, patients are finding themselves in danger of receiving bad care because the very professionals they must rely on are overworked and burnout.
You have just received word that your upcoming health care treatment is going to require a prolonged stay at a hospital in New York. While that thought may be met with hesitation in regards to putting your life and routine on hold temporarily, you should also be thinking about your safety during your time at the hospital. At Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, LLP, we understand the risks that hospital patients face when they put their lives in the hands of health care professionals.
The thought of having to visit the hospital is rarely a positive one for many people in New York. Often, hospital visits are unexpected and the result of an injury, an unexplained illness or persistent health concerns. When people are choosing which hospital to visit, their commitment to doing research and comparing reviews can go a long way in determining the kind of treatment they will receive.
Quality healthcare has been a volatile topic of debate in the United States for several years. Despite the arguments about affordable health coverage, Americans in New York and elsewhere expect a high quality of service when they visit hospitals and medical centers. You are within your rights to expect to be treated with dignity and to have your medical issue taken care of, regardless of your ability to pay when you go to the hospital.
When women give birth in New York hospitals, they expect that the staff will take good care of their infants. A recent case in Wisconsin demonstrates how important it is to have proper procedures in place to protect infants while they are at the hospital.
One of the most confusing times in your life might happen when you receive a new medical diagnosis. Making medical decisions is not always easy, especially when you must choose between treatment options. As much as you may trust your doctor in New York City, do you really want to rely on their professional opinion alone to determine the outcome of your situation? Or would you be better off getting a second opinion?