According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, attempts to increase the safety of hospital patients has saved many lives and significantly cut health care costs. The AHRQ claims that roughly 50,000 fewer hospital patients lost their lives and an estimated $12 billion was saved from 2010 to 2013 as a result of these attempts. Furthermore, the AHRQ reports that the number of hospital-acquired conditions declined by 1.3 million (17 percent) over this period. Unfortunately, far too many hospital patients continue to suffer because of hospital negligence in New York, NY, and around the nation.
Every year, far too many people suffer debilitating injuries and even lose their lives because of urgent care mistakes, overcrowding and other problems in the emergency room. In New York, NY, and across the country, some of these emergency room errors constitute medical malpractice and it is important for victims to take action. Whether someone experiences a drug interaction injury as a result of a prescription error or does not receive the treatment they need soon enough because of delayed care, it is imperative for negligent medical professionals and urgent care facilities to be held accountable.
When people take drugs that have been prescribed by their doctor, they often assume that the medication will not harm them. Unfortunately, in New York, NY, and around the country, many people have suffered serious injuries and even lost their lives because of a prescription error. At the law offices of Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, LLP, we are committed to helping patients who are dealing with the consequences of these errors move forward.
Patients in New York and throughout the country are subjected to hospital negligence on a daily basis. Whether someone's health suffers as a result of doctor errors, an incorrect treatment, understaffing or any other issue, hospital negligence must be addressed immediately.
Incidents of negligence on the part of medical professionals can be harmful enough for patients in New York, but systematic failings within a medical establishment or group can be particularly detrimental to maintaining health and safety standards. That's why the conduct of national health providers such as the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs must be considered with increased scrutiny to identify and address claims of hospital negligence and other serious issues.
In the event that a physician or medical professional makes serious, avoidable mistakes that compromise a patient's health and/or well-being, disciplinary actions are often taken to hold the individual accountable. Unfortunately, however, there are incidents where physicians with a history of medical malpractice claims against them not only continue to practice medicine but also take on roles of authority in the medical community. The professional history, present and future of one medical surgeon with New York ties are under increased scrutiny as the VA medical system continues to be investigated.
Not only are victims forced to live with the painful and often permanent consequences of medical complications that follow surgery but they are often left with few opportunities to pursue complaints against physicians and/or medical facilities. Hospitals take accusations of medical malpractice incredibly seriously and are known to devote considerable resources to defending themselves against claims. One incident involving attorneys for a plaintiff in New York confronted with serious challenges during the discovery process of the trial serves as a fitting example of how important it is to have quality legal representation in such cases.
Illegal drugs are always dangerous and highly volatile, as the origin and quality of substances is often unknown. As a result, thousands of people experience adverse reactions and overdoses every year in New York and across the country. That is why it is the responsibility of emergency responders and physicians to approach every drug overdose case with care to ensure that the victim is properly monitored for complications and/or changes in their condition. Tragically, one teenage girl recently died of a drug overdose after supposedly receiving medical attention, raising serious concerns over possible medical errors.
Those familiar with medicine and patient care may agree that sometimes the lack of infection prevention and/or treatment can be just as bad as incorrect treatment. The spread of infection is a major issue in hospitals throughout the state of New York and the entire country, as hospital patients can be especially vulnerable to illnesses and injuries. And while strict guidelines are in place to help protect patients from infections in the hospital setting, there is evidence to suggest that issues like hospital negligence continue to expose patients to unhealthy conditions.
Unfortunately for the thousands of patients and families forced to endure the consequences of surgical mistakes that occur every year in the state of New York and all across the country, the process of pursuing a case and gaining compensation for injuries can take years. Not only are medical malpractice victims left to live with the pain and often permanent results of their surgery-related injuries but they may also have to account for the lack of income and financial security they incur as a result of the incident. That is why judgments, however delayed, awarded to malpractice victims are often crucial in supporting them and their families. Having survived a surgery that resulted in serious injuries and complications, one woman endured the process of winning a malpractice suit only to walk away with nothing in the way of compensation.