When preparing for a routine medical procedure, it is common for patients in New York and elsewhere to feel a little nervous. After all, anytime people are sedated and their bodies opened for surgery, there is a risk of complications. Those complications are often preventable, and when patients are left with the devastating consequences of medical malpractice, they may seek compensation.
Sometimes surgical procedures are risky, and patients and their families in New York understand the higher possibility of injury or death. However, when death results from a routine, seemingly simple surgery, families are often left stunned and confused. Parents in another state are devastated after the death of their vibrant teenage daughter during a dental extraction. After denying their intent to sue for medical malpractice, the parents have reconsidered.
Top lawmakers and some members of the incoming presidential administration are planning sweeping reforms in the country's health care system. One major change they propose involves medical malpractice, which they feel is reaching a state of crisis. According to proponents of reform, lawsuit abuse in New York and across the country wastes hundreds of billions of dollars as doctors order expensive, unnecessary tests to protect themselves from being sued.
Historically, mothers of nobility would pass their newborns to hired women who would breastfeed them. This typically doesn't happen anymore in New York or other states because medical science has learned a great deal about the special qualities of a mother's milk. One mother who is well aware of those qualities is suing a hospital in her state for medical malpractice for a mix-up that risked endangering the health of her newborn.
If you have been reading posts from our website, you are familiar with the most common type of stroke patients suffer: the ischemic stroke. This medical emergency can have a long-term impact on a patient's wellbeing because the blood clot causing the stroke can starve the brain of oxygen it needs to function. We have discussed many of the life-long complications that can result from an ischemic stroke: paralysis, memory loss and difficulty in talking or eating.
Cosmetic surgery seems to become more common each year, with millions of men and women in New York and across the country going under the knife seeking improvements in all parts of their bodies. More surgeries also raise the possibility of an increase in medical malpractice lawsuits if doctors become careless in their procedures. One doctor is now facing four women who claim he botched their surgeries, leaving them permanently injured.
Childhood illnesses are common, and doctors treat them routinely. Parents in New York can expect to deal with a child's colds, flus and viruses periodically, and may trust a doctor to prescribe medicine for pain and other symptoms. However, when research has shown that certain drugs may be harmful to a child, it is expected that physicians would heed those warnings. When they do not, they risk injuring a child and facing a medical malpractice suit.
Some hospitals in New York and across the country believe they are setting high standards when they require staff to wash their hands regularly. Others have implemented buddy systems in which health care workers remind one another to sanitize. Nevertheless, it is estimated that 13,000 people die each year from infections contracted during a hospital stay. When those deaths are the result of preventable infection, a patient's family may have a justifiable medical malpractice claim.
While hospital star ratings are not always a predictor of the kind of care one will receive, they may be indicators of areas where hospitals need improvement. The Center for Medicare Services recently released its star ratings report, and New York hospitals did not score very well. The ratings are based on a five-star system that measures 64 areas of quality. Hospitals that neglect those areas of quality may open themselves to medical malpractice claims.
Going to the hospital can be terrifying, even if you're there for a simple, routine procedure. That's because we oftentimes hear stories on the news or from people we know describing instances in which negligence at a hospital led to a serious or fatal medical mistake. For a lot of people, though, in the back of their minds, they wonder how often a medical mistake really happens.