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."
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.
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.
When New Yorkers are going to see doctors about a medical condition, they may want to find out about those practitioners and their ability to treat patients. However, there is a lot of information about doctors that is not available to most people. Consumer Reports researched the issue and discovered that even if a doctor has a history of misconduct or has been sued for malpractice, potential patients may have no way of finding out about it.
According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, androgen deprivation therapy, or ADT, increases the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease in prostate cancer patients. The therapy is one of the top methods used to treat prostate cancer in New York and across the United States.
Despite advances in modern medicine, including sophisticated diagnostic machines and instruments, doctors in New York and around the country still make errors because they are human. Unfortunately, when a mistake is made, a patient may suffer significant harm or even die as a result.
Patients in New York and across the nation place their trust in an anesthesiologist when they are undergoing a medical procedure. Part of that trust implies that they will be treated with dignity and respect. One patient who was receiving a colonoscopy was not accorded that professionalism as the anesthesiologist was recorded on the man's cellphone having ridiculed him during the procedure.
The immediate aftermath of a car accident is chaotic. Any New Yorker who has been involved in a motor vehicle crash knows that the scene after an accident can be somewhat surreal. After making sure you and your passengers are alright, you're faced with a new reality: your car, a vehicle you may have had for a long time, may be ruined; you have to exchange insurance information with someone who might be just as upset as you; and you might have to give a statement to police, which can be an unnerving prospect, even if you've done nothing wrong.
Traditionally, when a woman either opts to have a cesarean section performed or is compelled to have a c-section due to medical necessity, any subsequent children she has are similarly delivered by cesarean section. However, more and more women are insisting on having vaginal births even after they have delivered previously by c-section.
If you are treated at a New York hospital, it is likely that you will be prescribed an antibiotic, regardless of the reason for which you are seeking treatment. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately half of all patients take antibiotics at some point during their hospital stay.