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October 2014 Archives

Occurrences of wrongful diagnoses

Some people in New York suffer injury each year as a result of a completely incorrect diagnosis for a condition they do not have as opposed to the one for which they sought treatment in the first place. A wrong diagnosis can lead to improper treatment and medication being administered, while the real underlying condition gets worse as a result of lack of proper care.

Disclosure of medical errors in New York

Residents of the state of New York have the right to expect competent and reasonable medical care from their doctors. However, it may sometimes happen that a mistake is made in the course of treatment. As most patients are not medically trained, it is common for them to be unaware of the error unless they are informed by their doctor or other medical practitioner. In response to this situation, a law has been passed specifically requiring all hospitals to report any errors.

What is Cerebral Palsy?

New York residents might want to learn more about what cerebral palsy is and what factors increase the likelihood of this neurological disorder. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, CP tends to occur during birth or in a child's early years due to brain damage or abnormal brain development. Although the disorder does not worsen over time, it permanently impairs a child's motor functions and muscle coordination.

Wrong site surgery medical errors

Though rare, the occurrence of wrong site surgery in New York is perhaps one of the most clear-cut forms of medical malpractice. When one of these 'wrong site, wrong procedure, wrong patient errors" takes place, the medical mistake may indicate a failure in the underlying safety standards at the facility where it happened.

Defining a Bill of Particulars and its Significance in a New York Medical Malpractice Suit

If you are planning to sue a medical practitioner in New York for medical malpractice, wrongful death, or injuries, you will have to understand what exactly a Bill of particulars is and its significance in the case.

Medical Malpractice Caused by Recovery Room Errors

If you suspect that you have been adversely affected by medical malpractice you need to contact an experienced New York medical malpractice and personal injury lawyer who can help you determine the exact extent of the injury and damages. Some medical malpractice cases are caused in the recovery room after a surgery.

Lessons from Joan Rivers' Death - Detecting Medical Malpractice

Ever since actor Joan Rivers' untimely death, rumors are rife about how her doctor went against her wishes to perform a biopsy that might have caused her death. Her daughter has already come out in public and voiced her doubts regarding the doctor's actions. But it's not going to be an easy task to prove malpractice especially when Joan herself is not available to tell the world what she had consented to and what had been done to her. So far, we have only been grasping at straws.

Hospitals Make Patients Pay for Reimbursement Cuts

Last December, Peter Drier - a 37 year old from New York - went in for surgery to fix the herniated discs in his neck. A bank technology manager, Peter is well versed in rules and regulations and knows that big procedures like a neck surgery require an amplitude of paperwork. So, he happily signed the consent forms. Apart from this, he also looked at his insurance records and made sure all was in order so that when the bills started to come he would be able to take care of everything like clockwork.

A Surprise You will not Like: How Hospitals are Using Insurance Loopholes to Fleece Patients

In the past few years, there have been several changes in the medical industry. One of the most important changes has been the introduction of the rating system for hospitals which have high readmission rates. Insurers like Medicare have cut down on reimbursement amounts that they pay back to the hospitals. The result-hospitals have started to find a way to get around all the cost cutting. And out-of-network services are a poignant and fantastic way to get the patient to pay up and set up an alternate money channel.

Surgery and the Risk of Medical Malpractice

There is much hype surrounding the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of famous comedian Joan Rivers. Joan Rivers was in a medically induced coma following the cardiac arrest she suffered during the fatal surgery, up until her death on the 4th of September. It will be some time before we know what really caused the much loved actress' untimely death. But what we do know now is that when it comes to surgeries and medical procedures, you can never be too careful in selecting your doctors because even a small mistake can cost you heavily in the years to come.

How is cancer diagnosed?

As New York patients may know, cancer may be detected due to a patient's symptoms or a physical exam. It may also be detected by screening tests done routinely before symptoms are expressed. Either way, cancer must be confirmed using specific tests.

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