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Dangerous Bedsores Put Patients at Risk

When you consider the safety of a hospital, you’re probably focused on issues like surgical complications and fatality rates. While the type of information is obviously important, it doesn’t tell the whole story. That’s why the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade drills down into a wide range of practices, procedures, and outcomes. Some are as simple […]

Medical malpractice errors one of the top killers in the U.S.

If asked to identify the top causes of death in the U.S., few people would think to include medical negligence. Nevertheless, research shows that incidents of medical malpractice account for tens of thousands of deaths in the U.S. each year. According to a study by the Institute of Medicine, approximately 98,000 people in the U.S. […]

Family wins med mal case against hospital for baby’s untreated jaundice

A mother’s instincts can sometimes be more accurate than a medical provider’s diagnosis. After a New York woman gave birth to her son six years ago, she says that she was was quickly rushed out of the hospital. The woman expressed concern to the medical staff at the hospital about the yellowing of her newborn’s […]

State Medical Boards Slow to Punish Negligent Doctors

According to an article recently published in USA Today, state medical boards are slow to take action against physicians who commit malpractice. The article found that many of the nation’s medical boards have failed to revoke the licenses of many of the physicians who have been fired by private medical facilities, barred from hospitals or […]

Unnecessary Angioplasties? Doctors Must Treat Chest Pain Properly

The dangers of failing to diagnose cancer and other serious health conditions are well known. Less appreciated, however, are the risks that come from overtreatment. Those risks can also lead to severe consequences. The result can be injuries caused by medical malpractice. The New York Times reported recently on a major hospital chain that used […]

Medication Errors: Heart Patients at Risk After Release From Hospital

Even if a patient survives an initial heart attack, a dangerous period awaits upon release from the hospital. According to a new study, half of all patients who are hospitalized for heart attack or heart failure make medication mistakes in the first month upon returning home. If a medication error is made by a health […]

Doctor’s relationship with patient leads to medical malpractice

The term “medical malpractice” usually brings to mind doctor or hospital negligence, errors in treatment, anesthesia or surgery, or some element of worsened medical condition. A key aspect of the legal concept is injury to the patient, and that injury is often physical. However, the scope of medical malpractice may be broader in certain circumstances. The New […]

Medical Malpractice: Payouts by Public Hospitals Remain High in NYC

How common is medical malpractice in New York City? One indicator, for starters, is the amount that the city has paid out for injuries suffered at its public hospitals. That number reached $134 million this year, involving 270 cases. Cumulatively, over the last four years, the tab stands at over $500 million. The injuries that […]

Do you sue a doctor or a hospital for medical malpractice?

It is hard to forget all the recent news stories regarding Joan Rivers and the alleged malpractice that occurred in the hospital that likely led to her death. While that malpractice story made major headlines, the sad truth is that there are many other stories just like it that occur every day in New York […]

Would Genetic Tests, Like Angelina Jolie’s, Cut Down On Med Mal?

We have no doubt that many of our readers read Angelina Jolie’s Op-Ed piece in The New York Times last week. It was one of the newspaper’s most-read articles for several days and caused quite a splash, earning mentions in tabloids and gossip magazines.In that article, the Academy Award-winning actress revealed that she had had […]