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Knowing the Signs of a Stroke in Progress

A Stroke is a life threatening medical condition that occurs when the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs due to blood vessels being blocked or bursting. There are three major types of strokes. An ischemic stroke occurs when blood flow to part of the brain is cut off, due to a blocked or clogged blood vessel. An embolic stroke occurs when a blood clot breaks free and blocks circulation to the brain, depriving it of blood and oxygen. Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when blood vessels in the brain leak or rupture, causing blood to build up and put pressure on surrounding areas, resulting in the death of brain tissue. Regardless of the type of stroke, rapid diagnosis and treatment are key to reducing long term disability. (more…)

Auto Accidents – Know Your Rights

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The winter months always lead to an increase in the number of auto accidents. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, every year more than 118,000 people are injured or killed in vehicle crashes attributable to winter weather. If you are in an accident it is important to know what you need to do and what time limitations apply.

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Medical Malpractice FAQs

What is Medical Malpractice?

 Medical professionals are trusted with your most important asset: your health. We expect doctors and health care workers to do their best, but unfortunately there are times when patients are injured because they received treatment that was below the accepted standard of care.

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Ongoing Problems at NYCHHC

iStock_000010501389XSmallA recent NYC Comptroller’s report  found that claims against City hospitals had increased over the past year, but the most alarming aspect of the report was that claims against Kings County Hospital represented nearly 20% of all claims against the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (NYCHHC).  This report gives Kings County Hospital the sad distinction of being the malpractice capital of the city.

Kings County Hospital is not the only City Hospital in the news for all the wrong reasons. Recent newsworthy cases against NYCHHC include the choking death of a patient (more…)

Legislative Action Alert: New York State Medical Indemnity Fund

Patient Safety

In 2011 Governor Cuomo and the Legislature established the New York State Medical Indemnity Fund. The fund was intended to provide for future health care costs associated with birth-related neurological injuries arising out of medical malpractice and to lower the cost of medical malpractice to the health care system.

While the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers and consumer advocates fought bitterly against the fund, arguing that it would deprive the most vulnerable victims of medical negligence of proper care and compensation, the Medicaid Redesign Team included the fund as a key component of its proposals. The Academy, along with leading consumer advocates, warned lawmakers that the fund represented a slippery slope where the quality of care would continue to deteriorate for the unfortunate children consigned to the fund’s bureaucracy.

The NYS Department of Health is now proposing new regulations that would further hurt the most vulnerable victims of medical negligence.  But you can help stop this ill-conceived plan by clicking HERE. 

In April 20th, the Department of Health issued proposed new regulations for the fund.  The regulations would result in:

Families facing great difficulty in modifying their homes to suit the needs of their child, even if these modifications have been approved by a court. The proposed regulations (more…)

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