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Objects left behind in New York surgical errors

It has recently been discovered that an overwhelming amount of surgical tools have been left inside of patients. Since 2005, a total of 800 patients have been left with tools still inside of them due to surgical errors. As a result, many patients have had to endure longer hospital stays in New York, and some situations have proved to be fatal.

Medical errors responsible for deaths of some New York patients

The Department of Heath and Human Services has stated that 180,000 patient deaths were attributed to poor care at the hospital in just one year. The number of people that die due to medical mistakes may be astonishing to many New York blog readers. Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the Unites States.

Study of medical malpractice claims establishes common errors

We continue to get a better understanding of the medical errors claimed against doctors in malpractice cases. A study recently completed looked at details on medical malpractice claims, including in New York, and revealed that the single biggest allegation of medical error is the failure to diagnose a disease, such as cancer or heart disease. The most frequently missed diagnoses according to the claims were cancer, heart attacks in adults, and meningitis in children.

Are doctors forgetting the most basic hygiene practices?

The practice of medicine is known to be complicated and intensive. We know that doctors go through years or even decades of training and spend countless hours treating patients and helping them feel better. However, a new report suggests that amid all the complex demands of their job, doctors in New York and nationwide are failing to complete one of the most basic hygienic practices. 

New York family awarded $130 million for daughter's birth injury

Going to the doctor can be a nerve-wracking experience for many people. No matter how complicated or minor a procedure may be, there are no guarantees that a surgery or medical treatment will go exactly according to plan. However, doctors and nurses are expected to provide a standard level of care so that patients are not needlessly and recklessly injured further during a visit to the doctor. If they fail to do this, people can become victims of medical malpractice.

Statute of limitations and medical malpractice in New York

There are many laws in place that are complex, overly specific or purposefully vague which can make it very difficult for a person to fully grasp what they mean. Therefore, laws that exist to protect or empower people may only help those who fully understand them, while other people are left without a clear understanding of their rights. This can be detrimental to a person's wellbeing, especially when it involves their heath.

Does medical malpractice need some TLC?

The average physician in the U.S. has a malpractice claim filed against him or her about every seven years. Considering about 10 percent of a physician's career will be spent dealing with medical malpractice suits, some believe reform is called for. People in New York and throughout the U.S. should be aware that some of the proposed reforms regarding medical malpractice suits include tort reforms and a cap on noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering.

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