This is Brachial Plexus Awareness week 2017. Brachial Plexus Palsy, or Erb’s Palsy, is a severe nerve injury which occurs when the doctor yanks or pulls too hard on a baby’s head during birth. The condition is rare, with approximately two instances for every thousand successful births, and is completely preventable with the correct procedures during delivery. (more…)
A bombshell investigation has revealed that Thomas Franchini, a podiatrist who botched treatment of veterans in 88 separate cases, was allowed to resign from the VA Hospital system without discipline and go into private practice here in New York. Another dangerous doctor, a VA radiologist who misread dozens of CT scans, was paid $42,000 of unused sick and leave pay and allowed to resign from a VA hospital. That doctor, like Dr. Franchini, left the VA with a clean reference.
Even more shocking is that these were only two of about 230 secret settlement deals in which VA officials allowed dangerous doctors and medical staff to resign without discipline, allegedly promising to conceal serious mistakes and allowing these doctors to go into the private sector with unblemished records. (more…)
When the commercial bus owned by Dahlia Bus Lines hit an MTA bus in Queens last month, the driver was going so fast that the MTA bus spun around from the force of the impact. Tragically, three people died, and many were severely injured.
The National Transportation Safety Bureau (NTSB) announced that the driver of the Dahlia bus that caused the fatal accident was driving more than double the speed limit and blew through a red light. Compounding the tragic deaths and injuries are questions about how the driver, who had prior convictions for drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accident, was permitted to operate a commercial vehicle. (more…)
The deaths of two construction workers from falls on Monday were tragic reminders of the dangers involved in construction work. One worker fell to his death at a site at 161 Maiden Lane, and the other at a work site at 400 W. 33rd St. Both construction sites have been previously issued safety violations and fines. Our thoughts are with the families of these men as they cope with this terrible loss.
The recent indictment in Nassau County and conviction in Ulster County of nursing home workers make it clear that neglect and abuse in nursing homes is a very serious problem. When a nursing home patient receives substandard care, it can have devastating results for these patients, many of whom are made more vulnerable by conditions like dementia.
Some warning signs that a loved one may be at risk for elder abuse or neglect include: (more…)
We urge you to contact the Governor and ask him to sign the Date of Discovery bill that passed both houses of the state legislature into law.
You can do so HERE.
Lavern’s Law, S6800/A8516, would extend the statute of limitations for medical, dental or podiatric malpractice related to the failure to diagnose cancer or other tumors from two years and six months from the date of the act, omission or failure complained of, to two years and six months from when a person discovers, or reasonably should have discovered, the alleged negligent act or omission up to seven years from the negligent act or omission.
Because this bill would ensure that victims of medical malpractice in New York State have access to justice, rather than being denied their day in court, we ask that you contact the Governor and ask that he sign this important legislation.