Anyone in New York dealing with health issues would naturally expect medical care and the treatment environment to be safe. Many medical malpractice lawsuits follow adverse and serious reportable incidents that are also known as never events. According to the National Quality Forum, the list of serious reportable events includes drug errors, device and surgical errors, environmental and care errors, and even criminal events. These are all errors that put patients in medical facilities at risk of harm that could also be fatal.
A New York family is struggling to deal with the tragic death of a teenager. The family indicated they intend to file a medical malpractice claim against the SUNY Downstate Medical Center. They claim the medical facility's negligence led to the 15-year-old's death.
The last thing any New Yorker who needs medical treatment would want is being misdiagnosed by a doctor. However, as two recent studies and several in the past decade found, a significant percentage of medical malpractice claims against physicians involved misdiagnosis. Analysis of claims showed that the failure to assess the entire clinical picture by analyzing all of the available information appears to be the primary cause of diagnostic errors. This includes the patient's medical history, the symptoms he or she reported, the physical examination and all test results.
Anyone who feels ill enough to go to the doctor will naturally expect the physician to diagnose the condition accurately and provide the necessary treatment. Unfortunately, the number of medical malpractice claims that go through the New York civil courts indicate that many conditions are misdiagnosed. When this happens, complications can develop, often severe enough to lead to disabilities or death.
Anyone who is hospitalized in New York expects medical treatment of an acceptable standard. Patients naturally want to be in better health at the time of their discharge than what they were upon admission. Sadly, the number of medical malpractice claims that are filed in the state's civil courts indicates that many people are in poorer health after hospitalization.
Anyone in New York who seeks medical care does so with the hope of resolving medical issues and regaining his or her health. However, this is often not the case, and those who leave the hospital in worse conditions than before receiving medical care might consider their legal options. Filing a medical malpractice lawsuit is indeed an option, but not one to tackle before weighing the pros and cons.
The surviving family members of a woman who died after receiving silicone injections in a butt-lift procedure in New York might have grounds to file a civil lawsuit against the person who performed the procedure. The medical examiner linked this death to silicone injections that caused cardiac arrest. Proof of medical malpractice will not be difficult to show in this case because the unlicensed doctor was convicted on two previous occasions for the unlicensed practicing of the medical profession.
Although there are conflicting reports about the number of deaths resulting from medical errors each year, authorities agree that only heart disease and cancer claim more lives in New York and other states on an annual basis. To avoid being a victim of medical malpractice, advisers suggest that patients should be vigilant. Understanding as much as possible about treatments and procedures might be the best place to start.
Doctors nationwide, including in New York, have a duty to provide care of an acceptable standard. If that duty is breached, and the breach causes harm to the patient, there might be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. However, there might be some confusion between medical negligence and medical malpractice -- both of which could lead to tort claims.
A violent jolt or blow to the body or head can cause traumatic brain injuries. Mild traumatic brain injuries are not always evident on EEGs, CT scans and neurological examinations. However, New York victims of such accidents might not realize that the absence of evidence does not necessarily mean there is no cerebral injury, and such a missed diagnosis could lead to medical malpractice claims.