For residents of Manhattan, New York, a botched surgery that impacts work ability could mean loss of income, financial issues and even bankruptcy. When doctor negligence or other medical errors cause future loss of life, income or enjoyment, victims can file medical malpractice claims. One woman in another state is claiming that a medical error is impacting her ability to perform as an opera singer.
Even routine medical procedures can go wrong, though serious issues are statistically rare. In the case of a Brooklyn woman who was injured in a surgical procedure, a routine surgery resulted in days of pain and, ultimately, the loss of both legs and the partial loss of her hearing. The woman filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital and doctors, and was awarded $62 million by a jury on Friday, Jan. 10.
For New York residents, one of the worst pieces of news the doctor can provide is a diagnosis of cancer. Even worse, however, is the failure to diagnose cancer that exists so patients can get timely treatment. For one man in New York, the diagnosis of skin cancer may have come too late for effective treatment.
Mothers- and fathers-to-be place a lot of trust in doctors and medical staff when it comes to the delivery of a healthy baby. Sometimes, unavoidable issues occur during pregnancy that result in birth problems or unhealthy infants. In some cases, obstetric negligence results in the injury or death of a baby. For one couple, brain injuries following the delivery of their baby resulted in tragic consequences.
The New York Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit against New York Presbyterian Hospital filed by the estate of one of its doctors who committed suicide using propofol. The 2011 suicide came less than a year after the anesthesiology resident finished a hospital-affiliated rehabilitation program for addiction to the substance. After completing the 6-week program, she was allowed to return to work, and eventually to duty in the operating room, where she had "easy access" to the drug. Two months later, she announced that she was going to be resigning. The next day, she killed herself with a propofol overdose.