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In 2005, the state of New York made history by passing a law requiring hospitals to publicly disclose infections that people contracted as patients. This new era of disclosure in New York has successfully encouraged hospitals throughout the state to exercise greater care in treating their patients. Reports published in 2010 have shown that New York hospitals are safer and more sanitary than ever before.
Nevertheless, hospital errors continue to occur, as do devastating instances of medical malpractice. New York City personal injury attorney Mitch Proner believes it is his civic duty to expose such errors through aggressive litigation on behalf of those injured by hospital negligence and medical malpractice.
If you or a member of your family has suffered a personal injury, or if you have lost a loved one to wrongful death, as a result of a hospital error, please contact Proner & Proner in NYC today to schedule an evaluation of your case.
Every person employed by a hospital owes a duty of care to that hospital’s patients. This includes physicians, surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, technicians, radiologists, administrators, orderlies, and other personnel. Any employee of a hospital who fails to perform his or her job duties to a reasonable standard can be held liable for any personal injury or wrongful death that results.
The most common hospital errors include:
Modern radiology equipment allows for more precise diagnosis of health problems than ever before. CT (or “CAT”) scans, ultrasounds, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), digital x-rays, and other sophisticated diagnostic imaging systems enable radiologists to identify signs of diseases and disorders in their earliest stages. Countless lives have been saved as a result.
Conversely, radiology errors can cost lives. In many failure to diagnose and misdiagnosis cases, x-ray misperception and other radiology mistakes are the root problem. The NYC medical malpractice lawyers of Proner & Proner provide exceptional legal representation to people who have been harmed by radiology errors at hospitals throughout New York City, NY. Our personal injury attorneys have the experience, resources, and tenacity to handle even the most complex medical malpractice cases.
If you or a member of your family has suffered due to x-ray mistakes or other radiology errors, please contact the law firm of Proner & Proner today.
In “Malpractice Issues in Radiology,” radiologist Leonard Berlin alluded to published reports showing the error rate among radiologists to be approximately 30 percent. Of these errors, according to Chambersburg Imaging Associates (CIA), roughly 80 percent are errors of perception. In other words, the diagnostic film reveals an abnormality in the patient, but the radiologist fails to detect it.
Failures of communication between radiologists and physicians are another common source of dangerous medical errors.
Not all radiology errors are instances of negligence. However, when a potential health problem should reasonably have been identified and a patient becomes ill or dies as a result of the error, a medical malpractice lawsuit may be pursued.
In a study conducted by the United States Pharmacopeia, it was discovered that harmful medication errors were seven times more likely to occur during radiological procedures than in any other hospital environment.
Radiologists are generally the first line of defense against serious illness and disease. The failure of radiologists to detect clear abnormalities on diagnostic film can lead to a failure to diagnose, address, or treat:
Radiology errors involving pregnant women can lead to otherwise preventable birth injuries, as well.
The medical malpractice lawyers of Proner & Proner in New York City have the expertise and experience to handle any case involving radiology errors such as x-ray mistakes. To schedule an evaluation of your case, please contact the law firm of Proner & Proner today.
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