Patients are entitled to the best medical care available when illness strikes. New Yorkers realize that doctors and hospitals generally live up to that tenet. Unfortunately, substandard hospital care does surface at times. When it does, those affected may seek compensation from those responsible. Accountability can be the catalyst of improvement.
When there is a shortage of qualified medical staff, available providers may feel rushed or overwhelmed when trying to see to every patient's needs. Medical experts in New York and across the country are raising concerns about the impact of the Affordable Care Act on emergency room numbers, and it seems logical to question whether overcrowded ERs will lead to increased doctor errors.
Most expectant parents in New York have no reason to believe their children won't be born healthy. Families move on to enjoy all the ups and downs of parenting as little ones grow and thrive. However, for a few moms and dads, a birth injury changes everything.
When individuals in New York seek medical attention, they expect a certain level of professionalism and care. Even when entering a busy emergency room, residents expect that doctors and other staff will attempt to make the best possible decisions for the situation at hand. A lawsuit filed across six states against one of the top hospital chains in the country brings to light the fact that financially based decision making sometimes supersedes patient needs. It also raises the question: When patients are needlessly admitted or treated to bolster financial numbers, does it increase the chance of hospital negligence through exposure to hazards and possible medical mistakes?