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April 2014 Archives

Study: Misdiagnosis is common in outpatient care

On our Queens medical malpractice blog, we spend most of our time discussing the many errors that can (and do) take place in hospitals and other inpatient settings. While it is, of course, vitally important to focus on that aspect of medical malpractice, doing so often means that less attention is paid to the harm that is suffered in clinics, doctors’ offices and other outpatient settings. Because diagnoses of ailments ranging from cancer to the common cold are often made in those settings, the potential for lasting, life-changing harm there is significant.

Could better roadway signs have prevented tragic Queens crash?

Serious car accidents are not always caused by drivers themselves. Often, collisions are caused by drunk, fatigued, distracted or otherwise reckless drivers, but in some cases there are other parties to blame. For example, General Motors' recent massive recall is a reminder that sometimes defective motor vehicles can result in catastrophe. In other cases, ill-conceived or poorly designed roads and crosswalks or a lack of roadway markings  lead to pedestrian accidents or car accidents. In the aftermath of any car accident that results in injuries or death, it is critical to uncover the cause of the accident and determine who is at-fault in order for victims to seek justice and compensation.

Medical malpractice takes center state at New York theater

This weekend, a New York theater will present “Lady from Limerick,” a play based on the true story of a woman that died from post-plastic surgery complications in 2005. The play is receiving positive reviews because of its neutral approach to medical malpractice and its effects. Instead of vilifying the surgeon that performed the procedure, the play aims to focus on the flaws in the medical system that cause so many people to suffer every year.

Study: ER doctors miss stroke warning signs at alarming rates

A new study is shedding some light on what appears to be a life-threatening issue: emergency room doctors are missing the warning signs of strokes in a large number of patients. Interestingly, the study found that nontraditional stroke patients such as women and people under the age of 45 were more likely to experience a delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis.

New York lawmakers debate funding for spinal cord injury research

In 1998, a law took effect in New York which devoted up to $8.5 million every year to the state's Spinal Cord Injury Research Program, which finances grants for research into the treatment of paralysis and other serious back and neck injuries. But in 2010, amidst a massive state budget deficit, those funds were cut.

Technology aims to prevent surgical never events

There are a certain category of surgical errors that the health care industry considers "never events," which means, quite simply, that they should never happen. Unfortunately, that is not the case. One example of this is when surgeons or surgical assistants accidentally leave sponges and other medical equipment inside a patient's body. Despite being labeled as a never event, sponges are left inside patients' bodies fairly often. But because there is no comprehensive system for tracking these errors in the U.S., the exact rate of occurrence is not entirely known.

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