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Do doctors purposely misdiagnose patients as brain dead?

In 2015, a California father won a lawsuit against doctors who refused to treat his comatose daughter for a life-threatening infection. The doctors claimed it was unethical to treat the woman because she was brain dead, but the father insisted they purposely misclassified her to justify their lack of proper medical care. Further, the father's lawyer claimed that doctors all across the U.S., including in New York, frequently misdiagnosis comatose patients as brain dead in order to cease treatment on "lost causes."

Robotic surgery raises new malpractice questions

Surgery patients in New York and around the country may soon have their procedures performed with minimal human intervention. Researchers at a District of Columbia children's hospital have demonstrated that robotic surgeons could perform delicate operations with even more efficacy in some cases than their human counterparts. Experts note that robots have already been used to help humans perform critical surgical tasks, but the researchers say this is a push towards having traditional doctors provide care in new ways.

The prevalence of medical errors

According to data from researchers at Johns Hopkins, medical errors may be the third-leading cause of death in the United States behind heart disease and cancer. However, it is difficult to determine the exact number of deaths attributable to medical errors because of a lack of official data. When a patient dies in New York or elsewhere in the country, the cause of death must usually correlate with an insurance billing code.

Computer errors could cause problems for medical providers

Patients in New York and throughout the country could be vulnerable due to computer systems failing or being hacked. At one hospital, a patient's heart surgery was interrupted because the computer began doing a virus scan. Surgeons were unable to access data and had to reboot the system.

Former NFL team doctor accused of negligence

New York football fans were likely saddened by the suicide of retired San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau in 2012. Now the California state medical board has filed a gross negligence charge against the team's former doctor over the care Seau received prior to his death.

Spinal cord injuries may soon be treated with stem cells

People in New York who suffer from injuries to their spinal cord can have a range of different physical and neurological problems caused by inflammation and cell death in the spinal cord. Every year, around 230,000 people in the United States sustain an acute spinal cord injury that permanently alters their life.

Driver flees crash scene after hitting church van

A hit-and-run driver struck a church van in New York on Friday, April 22. The collision happened shortly before 11 p.m. while the 2000 Dodge van was traveling in Jamaica, Queens. According to the New York City Police Department, the van was hit by a 2016 Ford sedan that had failed to stop at a red light while going south on Princeton Street.

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