New York families often put the lives of their elderly loved ones in the hands of nursing home professionals. However, some of these so-called "professionals" are negligent on-the-job. This negligence can cause injuries and even deaths among nursing home residents.
Medical negligence occurs when a physician does not competently treat or diagnose a patient. Many New York residents are harmed as a result of this negligence. There are many forms of medical negligence, but some are more common than others.
Each year, approximately 250,000 patient deaths are caused by medical errors. A large number of these errors occur when doctors fail to adhere to the standards accepted by the medical community. But why do these errors happen?
When a patient goes in for treatment, they put their lives in the hands of trained medical professionals. Patients expect that their doctors will provide them with care that meets or exceeds the standard set by the medical profession. If a New York doctor is not physically or mentally at his best when caring for a patient, there is an increased risk for medical negligence.
As patients, we trust our doctors to provide the best care possible and keep us fully informed. Sometimes errors occur due to medical negligence. If an error does occur, the standard in the medical profession requires doctors to fully disclose the error to the patient and offer an apology and explanation for what happened. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. In fact, a recent survey by Georgia State University many doctors seem reluctant to own up to medical errors that occur during treatment. While many doctors agreed to reveal partial information, most were not willing to fully disclose information regarding the error.
Surgeons are held to a high standard of care when treating patients. Patients and their families trust their doctors to adhere to the standard of care of a competent doctor in the same area of specialty. Unfortunately, not all doctors meet this standard at all times. A New York brain surgeon has been sued by three different women with spinal injuries for medical malpractice after multiple alleged surgical errors.
When you and your family make the difficult decision to place an elderly relative in a nursing home, you may be worried about the care they will be receiving. You have every reason to be concerned. There have been many reports all across of America of people being abused and neglected by their caretakers. If you find yourself in that situation, there is now a way for you to fight back against those responsible for the mistreatment of your loved one.
According to a study by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, the maternal mortality rate in the United States has risen over the past few years. While maternal deaths caused by hemorrhaging have been declining, they do still happen. One woman recently gave birth and bled to death less than 12 hours later, potentially as a result of fatal medical errors.
Nursing home employees are expected to treat their elderly residents with kindness and respect. Unfortunately, some employees abuse and neglect the people they are supposed to care for. Four former New York nursing home aides have been charged after taking inappropriate photos and videos of the residents in the home. The negligent parties face charges including felony first-degree endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person and willful violation of public health law.
New York physicians have a responsibility to treat their patients according to the standards of their practice. Unfortunately, some doctors fail to adhere to these standards and, as a result, can be found guilty of medical negligence. One of the ways doctors can mishandle their patients' care is by treating them without consent.