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Category Archives: Medical Malpractice & Errors

Though a misdiagnosis of cancer usually means a doctor has overlooked the fact that a patient has cancer, in some case it means a doctor has diagnosed cancer that does not exist. Patients victimized by such a false positive diagnosis may undergo painful treatment that was unnecessary. They may eventually be relieved to learn their …

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Hospital medication errors are a form of medical malpractice that happens every day in New York and across the country. Patients may receive the wrong dose or the wrong drug, or they may experience the harmful effects of drugs dangerously interacting with each other. To cut down on the human errors that can lead to …

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More than 77 percent of doctors who were sanctioned in New York State for medical negligence during a 10-year-period between 2003 and 2014 were allowed to continue treating patients in our state, a new report has found. Released in May 2014, the report by the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), “Questionable Doctors,” finds …

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What happens when a medical mistake claims the life of your child? For Leilani Schweitzer, it triggered a career in hospital risk management – but not before it changed her life in ways only the death of a child could. In an in-depth essay on EverydayHealth.com, Schweitzer explains how her 10-month-old son, Gabriel, was admitted …

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  It should be common knowledge that you cannot share needles between patients in a clinical or hospital setting. In fact, doing so could be considered a form of hospital negligence. Unfortunately, in some hospitals, staff members may fail to recognize that insulin pens should be treated the same way as needles and never reused. …

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  The latest research indicates about 440,000 people die each year in the U.S. after suffering a medical error in a hospital. These fatal mistakes include everything from misdiagnoses to surgical tools left inside a patient’s body. A new analysis from Consumer Reports indicates that the hospital you choose when you need medical care does …

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To reduce expenses, some New York hospitals contract with outside doctors. These doctors, who are not full-time staff members, can save a hospital thousands of dollars in benefit costs. But they come with their own set of risks— including an increased chance of medical malpractice. When you think of temporary workers, you likely don’t think …

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Four new medical studies have reported increased patient safety due to reduced medical errors. The studies – in fields from labor and delivery to psychiatry – show that doctors and hospitals can improve patient safety with proper training, staffing, and equipment. Delivering Babies – It’s safer in New York City From 2002 through 2009, New …

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