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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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A New Jersey lawmaker made national headlines in November 2013 when he introduced a bill that would have significantly broadened the definition of “distracted driving” in that state in an effort to prevent those types of motor vehicle accidents. The bill would have prohibited drivers from engaging in “any activity unrelated to the actual operation …

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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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Since February, General Motors (GM) has recalled nearly 3 million vehicles for faulty ignition switches — a problem that has reportedly led to at least 13 deaths. With news reports indicating that GM knew about the problem even before these deaths and failed to act, the car company is now facing pressure to right its …

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General Motors engineers knew that the ignition switch in certain models of GM’s small cars had problems as early as 2001 but repeatedly decided not to do anything about it, according to recently released confidential documents. The recall by GM has been expanded to replace defective ignition switches in 2.6 million cars.  The defective ignition …

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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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