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The United States Named the Most Dangerous Developed Nation for Childbirth

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In 2015 in the United States alone, there were 3,978,497 child births, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, many of these births did not go as planned. According to a long-term study produced by USA Today, approximately 50,000 women suffer severe injuries during childbirth each year, while 700 of these cases are fatal. The study named the United States as the most dangerous developed nation for childbirth, which has been attributed to the lack of care in our nation’s hospitals.

 

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Make Sure You Do Not Fall Victim to a Pathology Error

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A pathologist is a medical professional responsible for examining bodily fluids and tissue in order to assist in diagnosing a patient that is experiencing certain signs and symptoms of a medical condition. A pathologist will use laboratory tests and equipment to assist with the process of diagnosing serious or sometimes life-threatening illnesses. For this reason, a pathology error can have serious consequences for a patient.

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Governor Cuomo Signs Lavern’s Law

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As of February 2, 2018, Lavern’s Law has officially become a New York State law. Lavern’s Law had been debated since 2013, when Lavern Wilkinson succumbed to her illness as a result of her doctor’s misdiagnosing her. Wilkinson died at age 41 of a type of cancer that could have been cured had her doctors recognized and treated it sooner.

 

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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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