Medical Malpractice

New York’s Statute of Limitations in Medical Malpractice Cases

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It is devastating to have a medical condition that is made worse at the hands of an incompetent doctor.  If such a case arises, a patient can bring a suit against the doctor for malpractice for the injuries they caused.  However, patients must be aware that New York imposes strict time limits on medical malpractice cases called statutes of limitation.  Therefore, it is important to consult with an attorney as quickly as possible after the malpractice arose.

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Teenager Dies Following Wisdom Teeth Extraction

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Recently, a family experienced the tragedy of losing their healthy 17 year old daughter resulting from complications following a routine wisdom teeth extraction.  The procedure was nearly completed when suddenly, the teen went into cardiac arrest.  Although she was transferred to a children’s hospital, she suffered seizures and swelling in the brain.  After surgery to reduce the swelling was unsuccessful, the teen passed away. 

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Medical Malpractice: Understanding Misdiagnosis

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Each year, an estimated 5 percent of Americans are misdiagnosed by their physicians. The seemingly trivial 5 percent mark translates into over 12 million misdiagnosed individuals annually. Misdiagnosis can lead to serious prolonged medical problems, financial hardship or even death.

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Victims of Medical Malpractice Receive $190 million Settlement

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Johns Hopkins Hospital has recently agreed to pay $190 million in a medical malpractice settlement to over 7,000 female patients a gynecologist who allegedly took secret videos and photo of his patients during pelvic exams.

The culprit, Dr. Nikita Levy, was accused by co-workers of using a pen-like camera, worn around his neck, to capture images of his unknowing patient victims. After word of his use reached his superiors, Levy was fired in February 2013. Shortly thereafter, Levy took his own life. 

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New Report Urges Patient's Right to Know

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A new report examining negligent doctors, released by the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), urges for changes in New York State.  The report argues that patients deserve to know if a doctor has previously been cited for negligence.

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Spinal Stimulator Implants: Surgical Errors

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There are risks associated with every operation, but competent surgical care can alleviate many of these risks. Surgical errors may occur during operations, pre-operative care, or post-operative care.  These errors often take the form of hemorrhage, infections, surgery on the wrong side of the body, surgery performed on the wrong organ, organ perforation or general injuries to nearby structures.  Specific examples of overt errors include: doctors using contaminated instruments, doctors leaving sponges inside a body, or simply doctors who recommend ineffective procedures.

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Family of Boxer Sues State of New York for Negligence and Medical Malpractice

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Boxing is commonly known as an extremely dangerous and sport that involves prolonged periods of physical contact.  As a result, boxer are frequently treated for injuries sustained during their matches. However, do the athletes assume the risk of injury when playing a high-impact sport? Does this mean no one can be responsible for their injuries but the athletes themselves? The answer is no. A third party can be held liable for the injuries of athletes if negligence can be proven; precisely what the family of a brain damaged boxer is arguing in the State of New York.

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New York Family Compensated for Daughter’s Birth Injury

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Going to the doctor can be a nerve-wracking experience for many people. No matter how complicated or minor a procedure may be, there are no guarantees that a surgery or medical treatment will go exactly according to plan. However, doctors and nurses are expected to provide a standard level of care so that patients are not needlessly and recklessly injured further during a visit to the doctor. If they fail to do this, people can become victims of medical malpractice.

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Back To Basics: Are Doctors and Nurses Forgetting the Fundamentals of Healthcare?

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The practice of medicine is known to be complicated and intensive. We know that doctors go through years or even decades of training and spend countless hours treating patients and helping them feel better. However, a new report suggests that amid all the complex demands of their job, doctors in New York and nationwide are failing to complete one of the most basic hygienic practices...washing their hands.

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Does Your Medicine Make You Sick?

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The word medicine goes hand in hand with feeling better, or better yet, a cure. But what if the precise thing that is meant to improve your health is actually affecting it in a bad way? Events such as prescription errors may be viewed as the exception not the rule, but research has shown that they are all too common. 

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