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Medical malpractice suit can follow breach of confidentiality

Relationships between doctors and patients often involve sensitive and personal information, and for that reason, there are laws in New York and other states to enforce doctor-patient confidentiality. A doctor could be sued for medical malpractice if he or she breaches that confidentiality. The confidential relationship starts when a doctor takes on a patient, and it lasts forever -- even after the patient's death. However, exceptions exist.

Medical malpractice: Doctor secretly used own sperm, not donor's

Couples in New York who are having trouble conceiving might consider a consultation with a fertility specialist. However, a medical malpractice lawsuit that was recently filed in another state might make them reconsider. A woman in her thirties recently discovered that the doctor who cared for her mother during her pregnancy was her father rather than the man she had known as her father for all these years.

Medical malpractice: The financial impact of cerebral palsy

The birth of a child should be a highlight in the lives of parents, but when things go wrong during the birthing process, the consequences could be devastating. Negligence of the medical team could result in cerebral palsy or other neurological disorders that might be irreversible. Such errors lead to many medical malpractice lawsuits in New York.

Medical malpractice: Who to sue for errors by robotic surgeons

Research and testing of utilizing artificial intelligence in various medical fields are moving at a rapid pace. Researchers and scientists want to reassure those who fear a takeover by robots, saying that the goal is to expand the abilities of a physician rather than to replace humans with machines. However, these developments may leave some New York residents with questions about errors and medical malpractice.

Children claim medical malpractice after mother's overdose

Doctors and other healthcare providers in New York have a responsibility to provide care of an acceptable standard. Unfortunately, not all medical care providers follow these rules, often leading to medical malpractice lawsuits filed by victims of negligent medical care. Medical providers may be held liable for harm to a patient caused by a doctor's failure to comply with the required standard of care.

Can money-back guarantees end surgical medical malpractice?

Patients who leave New York hospitals after surgical procedures should not have to cope with complications. A program called the Dr. Robert Bree Collaborative was established with the aim to get participating hospitals to guarantee their procedures and offer money-back warranties rather than facing medical malpractice lawsuits. A patient who had her fair share of failed surgeries is working with the group to advocate for such a system.

Medical malpractice claimed for unnecessary surgery

Medical providers such as doctors and hospitals nationwide, including in New York, have a standard of care to maintain. When that standard is compromised, patients can suffer severe harm, and medical providers may be held responsible. While some medical malpractice claims involve the removal of the wrong organs or body parts, a recent lawsuit claimed doctors removed body parts for the wrong reasons.

Steps to take to avoid being affected by medical malpractice

The last thing to wish on any person in New York who has health problems is negligent medical care. A surgical error, a missed or incorrect diagnosis or wrong prescription can be devastating for patients and their loved ones. Because of the prevalence of reports about medical malpractice, it might be beneficial to be aware of the risks when dealing with physicians, hospitals and other health care providers or facilities.

Good Samaritan law can prevent medical malpractice claims

Any New York physician will likely sometime face circumstances in which he or she is expected to provide medical assistance in emergency situations that occur outside of his or her regular practice or place of work. However, what happens if the aid provided does not save the victim's life or some other reason is found to hold the physician responsible for an adverse outcome? Can the doctor be sued for medical malpractice?

Failure to diagnose main focus of medical malpractice case

When New York doctors treat patients that come to them suffering unexplained pain, they have their work cut out in trying to determine a cause. Sometimes, it's immediately apparent, and a doctor merely needs to check a few things to confirm his or her suspicions and make a confident diagnosis. If a doctor fails to properly diagnose a condition that other doctors claim should have been an easy diagnosis, and a patient suffers because of it, a medical malpractice incident may occur.

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