Highlighting Medical Malpractice & Personal Injury Issues Affecting New Yorkers

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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 Read More→

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Increased Doctor Discipline Needed



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Medical Malpractice is the third leading cause of death in America.  What may be even more disturbing is the lack of discipline for those responsible.

In New York, complaints about physicians and practitioners are investigated by the Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC). However, 60% of OPMC actions were reliant on findings from other states.  That means that more than half of the time that New York State actually takes disciplinary action against a doctor licensed to practice here it is because another state took action first.  Reports show that over 77% of New York doctors that have been sanctioned by the OPMC for negligence continue to practice. Read More→

Unsafe Injections

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When you roll up your sleeve to get an injection do you ever think about asking the doctor or nurse whether they are reusing the needle? Most people would never think to, but unsafe injections are a serious and potentially deadly problem.

The recent articles regarding thousands of patients in upstate New York who may have been exposed to life threatening diseases due to hospitals reusing insulin pens are only the most recent example of how unsafe injection practices can expose patients to deadly illnesses. Read More→

Prescription For Malpractice

A recent report by the Public Citizen analyzed data collected by the Federal Government over a nine-year period and found that over half the doctors disciplined privately by hospitals were not disciplined by their state Medical Boards.

This report, which is available online, reveals that over a thousand doctors disciplined by hospitals because of incompetence, negligence, malpractice or worse were not subject to any discipline at the state level.

The National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB)records all “clinical privileging actions”, or instances where hospitals restrict or revoke a doctor’s ability to practice at their institution. Violations recorded at the NPDB included “immediate threat to health or safety”, incompetence, negligence or malpractice, substandard care, and sexual misconduct, insurance fraud, fraud in obtaining a medical license and narcotics violations. Read More→