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.
Once hospital negligence has occurred, everyone expects there to be changes made to prevent future patient injuries or deaths from occurring. One New York hospital has unfortunately failed to take appropriate steps to fix their issues.
When a physician in New York does not treat a patient with the proper level of care, the patient may suffer greatly. In such a case, the patient or his or her family may be able to file a medical malpractice suit against those responsible for the harm caused. When it comes to litigation, each state has a statute of limitations in place, which requires a patient to file suit within a certain amount of time. In New York, as of now, patients are required to file their lawsuits within 2 ½ years after the malpractice allegedly occurred. This malpractice could include a misdiagnosis, mistreatment of the patient, or any other act or omission that fails to live up to the acceptable standard of care.
When a family files a medical malpractice lawsuit against a hospital or physician, it is likely because they believe that negligence led to the death or suffering of their loved one. Famous comedienne Joan Rivers succumbed to alleged medical malpractice in 2014 at the age of 81 while undergoing fairly routine procedures. Her family filed a medical malpractice suit against the for-patient outpatient surgery center where Rivers was treated.
When you go to a doctor for treatment or diagnosis, the last thing on your mind is whether the doctor will perform up to the accepted standard of medical care. Unfortunately for many patients, this is an issue they will have to deal with. Medical complications resulting from medical negligence is becoming all too common. Surgical errors, failure to diagnose a medical condition, and treating without informed consent are some of the common mistakes made by medical professionals that can leave unsuspecting patients seriously harmed.
In New York, many people have filed medical malpractice lawsuits against their physicians and won. This makes it seem like many doctors are treating their patients improperly. However, a recent study may reveal that some doctors are more likely to commit malpractice than others. With 15,000 to 20,000 medical malpractice lawsuits brought against doctors every year, any new information may help us prevent medical negligence from occurring.
New York is filled with some of the world's finest physicians and surgeons that successfully treat patients every day. However, even the top doctors in the world can make mistakes. Some of the most common mistakes involve failed or erroneous treatments or diagnoses. Such errors can cause further injury or disease progression, which could ultimately lead to a premature death.