Hospital Errors Lawyers in New York City
Hospital Mistakes Put Patients at Unnecessary Risk
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 attorneys Mitch Proner and A. Stanley Proner believe it is their 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 today to schedule an evaluation of your case.
Types of Hospital Mistakes
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:
- Anesthesia Errors – Instances of anesthesiologist malpractice include the failure to monitor patients, the failure to identify and respond quickly to potential complications, over- or under-dosing of anesthesia, leaving the patient unattended for any period of time, mistakes during intubation, and the failure to administer oxygen properly during surgery.
- Emergency Room Errors – Medical malpractice cases in New York often arise from emergency room errors. Such errors include misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose due to haste, understaffing, the failure to properly sanitize the facilities, poorly trained support staff, failure to track patients properly, failure to control infection, medication errors, and refusal to treat patients in need.
- Incorrect Patient Errors – Poor record-keeping and sloppy management of charts can lead to patients receiving treatments not intended for them. Patients can receive the incorrect medication or, in some cases, even undergo unnecessary surgery or chemotherapy treatments.
- Severe Ulcers (Bed Sores) – Hospital patients who are bedridden for an extended period of time must be checked often for the early signs of pressure ulcers, commonly known as bed sores. Patients who cannot move themselves should be helped to change position every one-to-two hours. Severe bed sores can result in permanent, and even fatal, damage to skin, bone, and muscles.
- Surgical Mistakes – The most common surgical mistakes include operating on the incorrect limb and improper placement of incisions. Surgical mistakes can result in serious personal injuries including brain injury and even death.
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 medical malpractice lawyers of Proner & Proner provide exceptional legal representation to people who have been harmed by radiology errors at hospitals throughout New York. 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.
Typical Radiology Errors
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.
Medication Errors and Radiology
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.
Common Consequences of X-ray Mistakes and Other Radiology Errors
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:
- Lung, breast, and other types of cancer
- Brain injuries
- Brain tumors
- Abdominal injuries
- Warning signs of stroke
- Infections and inflammations
- Other internal injuries and disorders
Radiology errors involving pregnant women can lead to otherwise preventable birth injuries, as well.
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The medical malpractice lawyers of Proner & Proner 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.