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June 2012 Archives

New York doctor faces criminal charges for prescription sales

Doctor and surgical errors are often the basis for medical malpractice claims. But in some instances, where the conduct is considered reckless, criminal charges may be added to the malpractice claims. One New York doctor is currently charged with prescription-sale and reckless endangerment. The charges stem from one patient who was hospitalized a number of times for overdoses and eventually died from an overdose in 2010.

Patient left with brain damage after simple surgery goes wrong

No matter how much the health care industry focuses on decreasing the number of medical mistakes made in hospitals around the country, they still happen. Every year, thousands of patients die from surgical errors and hospital negligence. Sadly, surgical errors are preventable and these errors can affect any patient, including residents of Queens.

New York patients may benefit from medical record photos

It's always a relief to hear that policymakers are looking for ways to improve patient care for New Yorkers and prevent medical errors. The current focus is to urge doctors and hospitals to adopt electronic patient records instead of using outdated paper records. Electronic records certainly cut down on many of the issues that arise with paper filing, but they still do not eliminate all doctor errors.

Spa owner pleads guilty for performing surgery without license

In April, we wrote about two men who were charged with illegally performing surgery. Performing surgery without a medical license turns what would otherwise be claims of surgical errors and medical malpractice into potential criminal charges. Recently, the owner of a spa in Queens pleaded guilty to the same charges for illegally performing a liposuction procedure on a woman. The procedure resulted in a life-threatening infection for the woman.

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