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Jan

2018

Feeding Tubes Can Save a Life or End It

Most reports indicate these pulmonary events required urgent intervention, including needle decompression or chest tube placement. Several of these events were associated with cardiopulmonary arrest and patient death.

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Jan

2018

Patient Choices Can Affect the Outcome of a Medical Malpractice Suit

In New York State, doctors are responsible for informing patients of the risks of and alternatives to a surgical procedure. If they do not, and the surgery goes awry, they are legally responsible for damages (under the legal theory of “Lack of Informed Consent”).

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Dec

2017

My Doctor Should Be in Jail!

As a practical matter as well, an individual injured by malpractice, even reckless medical practice, will typically only be able to find remedy in a civil case. In fact, It can be counterproductive for a claimant in a civil case to add claims for "punitive" damages or allege criminal wrongdoing.

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Dec

2017

My Doctor Says I Have A Case

From time to time, when a prospective client calls our office, he or she tells us that a treating or consulting physician has said, “You have a medical malpractice case.

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Dec

2017

Top 10 Tech-Related Health Hazards for 2018

North & Deutsch has achieved success in multiple malpractice suits resulting from tech-related issues. In one instance the wrong medication was administered to a patient who died as a result. In another suit that drew a large settlement, 30 people got hepatitis C because colonoscopy instruments were not properly cleaned.

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Dec

2017

Wrongful Death Cases: The Issue of Suffering

To prove a case of “wrongful death” the attorney is required to show that there was a wrongful or negligent act (such as medical malpractice) which was “a cause” of the patient’s death. Of note, the negligence or malpractice does not have to be the only cause of death.

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Nov

2017

Heart Stents Often Unnecessary

Whether stents are necessary matters greatly because any surgery, particularly on the heart, carries significant risks, including death. Therefore, if studies do not demonstrate a proven benefit for stenting single-vessel disease, it no longer appears acceptable for a physician to simply tell a patient they “need a stent” because of one blocked vessel.

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Nov

2017

Top Urologist Investigated for Double Booking and Overcharging

In September we blogged about allegations against one of Lennox Hill Hospital’s prominent urologists, Dr. David Samadi – chairman of the department – who allegedly double-booked surgeries, that is, booked more than one operation at the same time, even though he had told his patients that he would be their surgeon.

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Nov

2017

The Opioid Epidemic and Over Prescription

They are often appropriately involved with patients who have an ongoing need of significant pain control. It is our belief that patients would benefit more from being referred to pain management specialists when they have significant ongoing pain-control needs than given more medication.

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Nov

2017

Physician Burnout is a Danger to Patients

A significant percentage of physicians are burned out or otherwise unable to provide the best medical care available to patients. This, of course, puts patients in jeopardy and leads to errors that could result in strong medical malpractice suits.

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