Sunday, March 15, 2015
Melissa Rivers, daughter of comedienne and television host Joan Rivers, has filed a lawsuit for malpractice on behalf of her mother. In the lawsuit, Ms. Rivers alleges that Dr. Gwen Korovin, Joan River’s voice doctor, panicked and left the procedure room while her patient went into cardiac arrest. This allegation is based on the handwritten statement by Dr. Renuka Bankulla, the anesthesiologist for the procedure. According to the statement, Dr. Bankulla expected Korovin to perform an emergency cricothyrotomy; to open up an airway and prevent cardiac arrest. When Dr. Bankulla looked around the room for Dr. Korovin as the patient’s condition worsened, however, the former was nowhere in sight. The lawsuit against Dr. Korovin asserts that her reason for leaving the procedure room at such a critical time was because she did not have the credentials to practice at the clinic in question, and so didn’t want to get caught.
Saturday, March 14, 2015
85-year old musician Neil Warner and his wife Naomi had started observing a decline in his abilities, as well as what appears to be signs of dementia: short-term memory loss and impaired balance, among others. Fearing the worst, Naomi took her husband to a doctor and he was found to have normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH), a neurological disorder where there’s an excess of fluid in the brain. The worst part of it, however, was that the doctor told Naomi that since her husband’s condition is in its early stages, they should just return when Warner is already “falling down and drooling.”
In 2013, a study by Dr. Emma Wallace of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland identified the single, topmost reason for lawsuits against doctors: failure to diagnose. The conclusion was made after a thorough analysis of malpractice claims against primary care doctors in the U.S.A., France, Canada, and Australia. Physicians are skilled professionals; however, several situations can cause them to make diagnostic errors. These include a large caseload; error in patient’s records; misleading laboratory reports; or what are known as “cognitive traps”, which may include misanalysing symptoms and stereotyping.
Friday, March 13, 2015
Despite efforts to root out medical malpractice in the field, some remain unpunished by the U.S. judicial system. Case in point: Veterans Affairs (VA) pharmacists. Testimonies from colleagues and other records revealed that some VA pharmacists have been in hot water for prescription and medication errors. A chemotherapy patient, for example, died in 2001 after it was revealed via a subsequent investigation that he received five times the prescribed amount. Despite this, however, the pharmacist responsible wasn't charged whatsoever.
Most patients don't know what an anesthesiologist does, let alone what anesthesia really does. In a report by Rob Forman of Rutgers Today, anesthesia resident Ferdinand Iannaccone said over 90 percent of patients only know that anesthesiologists put patients to sleep. This, for him, is a blatant oversimplification of the anesthesiologist's role in the operating room. In fact, the anesthesiologist is the indispensable member that makes sure the patient’s health remains safe despite being put to sleep medically.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Birth injury cases most often ruin an otherwise joyous occasion for parents and lead to lifetime consequences that the whole family has to endure. A birth injury is trauma or damage inflicted on the child during delivery, which sometimes results to death. An afflicted child may endure a lifetime disorder that can cost too much especially for most small families. Families who are victims of birth injuries should immediately seek legal advice if the fault falls on doctors or, perhaps, midwives. Legal firms with a team of experienced New York birth injury lawyers use their knowledge to help victims get the justice they seek. Birth injury cases handled by birth injury lawyers include cerebral palsy, bone fractures, and brain damage.
Attending physicians are responsible for the welfare of the mother and her newborn, especially during the entire process of labor. They are expected to have a clear idea of what to do in case a complication occurs during childbirth. Even before that, though, they are also responsible for ensuring that both mother and child are kept healthy all throughout the pregnancy. However, even with extensive knowledge and experience, these professionals can sometimes still be vulnerable to committing mistakes in their duties that sometimes lead to serious injuries.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Cerebral palsy is a serious injury that affects the life not just of the affected child, but of the parents and the rest of the family as well. Someone with the condition has to deal with the symptoms through his or her entire life, requiring special care and attention, including therapies and the use of assistive devices. It is one of the most common birth injuries, and is often the result of complications during delivery, but may also happen before or after. A recent case was reported by Injury Lawyer News: “A medical malpractice lawsuit filed against the United States of America argues that gross negligence on the part of health care practitioners led to the minor plaintiff’s hypoxic-ischemic brain injury and cerebral palsy diagnosis.”
One of the cases that may be experienced by babies during delivery is hypoxia, or a lack of oxygen, which can lead to brain injuries and cause conditions such as cerebral palsy and mental retardation. Fortunately, permanent brain injury from hypoxia may be prevented by a treatment known as brain cooling or head cooling. According to an article on The Irish Times, head cooling is “an established intervention designed to reduce the extent of brain injury in a baby found to have suffered hypoxia (a lack of oxygen) during delivery.” This is standard for medical practices everywhere and should be done within six hours of birth and continues for 72 hours. Failure to perform the treatment can result in permanent brain injury.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Birth injuries may be caused by many things, including medical malpractice during the entire pregnancy and birthing process. According to Injury Lawyer News, “When an expectant mother receives prenatal care, an important component of that care is assessing her risk of labor and delivery complications, based in part on her history of past pregnancies” This means that mothers should be informed of any potential risks that may arise during labor and be given alternative options, long before their date at the delivery room. This wasn’t what happened in a 2012 case, where a mother’s newly born suffered a birth injury which could’ve been prevented entirely. The mother had a previous history of giving birth to children who suffered from shoulder dystocia, making this a known risk factor for future labor and deliveries. However, she was not informed of this risk prior to her latest delivery, and was not presented with a C-section option, which could have averted the birth injury.
Monday, March 9, 2015
In any injury you incur on the road, an attorney’s advice will be substantial in getting the rightful compensation. Personal injury attorneys can help you determine who’s responsible for the injury and what that accountability would be worth. They can tell you how much you can receive as a monetary benefit when you settle or sue. Likewise, they have a more specific idea on how insurance companies or adjusters work. They may know if the involved party or their insurance company is known for settling small injury cases or if they won’t do so unless there’s litigation. Moreover, they may be able to help you maximize what you can claim or what you can be awarded in court with efficient and timely collection of relevant evidence in order to present a much stronger case.
Sunday, March 8, 2015
When filing claims for a construction accident, the tiniest details matter. Right after a slip or fall, for instance, you have to notify the owner of the premises or an authority (e.g. the owner of the building, your contractor, the city or town, etc.) immediately. You have to note down the names of the witnesses, the circumstances surrounding the accident. Pictures of the scene, which smartphones have made much easier, may also serve as part of your evidence. If you got hurt, you have to seek medical treatment immediately. Go to your doctor, or ask anyone around to take you to the emergency room or an urgent care clinic. Explain in detail to the health professional attending you how the accident happened since your medical records can be used by insurance companies in studying your case. If you’re required to file a report, make sure the details are accurate there, too, since inconsistencies can be used against you.
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Among seasoned and knowledgeable Long Island personal injury attorneys, such as from The Law Offices of Joseph Lichtenstein, PC, the term “negligence” has often been used to establish another person’s fault for the grievance of another, and cases stemming from this have been the subject of many lawsuits. Juris Doctor David Goguen discusses the intricacies of being negligent and the consequences thereof in his article for AllLaw.com. By definition, negligence is the breach of one’s duty of care for another. "Duty of care" is a legal term that refers to the responsibility one person has to avoid causing harm to another. In a personal injury lawsuit, the first step in proving that another person was negligent is to establish that he or she was assigned the duty of care in the situation from where the injury originated.
Friday, March 6, 2015
Figuring in an accident and sustaining grave injury can put anyone’s life on hold. Consequently, your ability to earn also comes to a halt. It is now up to your trusted Long Island personal injury lawyer to see to it that you are compensated due to the negligence of another. The editors from LawGuru.com write about what to expect when you work with experienced legal professionals to help you win the right settlement for your case. Having a personal injury case isn’t the easiest thing in the world. Many times emotions run high because of your suffering, of having been victimized in some way. Unfortunately, the suffering alone does not impact the outcome of a case. Check out established personal injury lawyers from Long Island, and once you’ve found the right one, sit tight and follow instructions as your attorney would have formed his or her own strategies for your case. Much of the time, that’s how cases are won.
Thursday, March 5, 2015
It takes professional representation to stand a chance at getting ample compensation for woes you suffered at a construction site. In a December 18, 2014, article for the New York Post, Sophia Rosenbaum reported on a beleaguered immigrant construction worker who received an unforgettable Christmas gift: a $62-million injury compensation package from the Queens Supreme Court. The move comes as the Tri-State Area is enjoying the benefits of a highly-charged construction boom. A leading business newspaper said costs of new buildings in New York City are running in the tens of billions of dollars due to many contractors charging hefty sums for their services while scrambling to hire as many workers as they could. Long Island is not immune from this either, as some top developers aim to build apartments in the traditionally suburban region.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
There are instances of car crashes where the authorities themselves may be liable to a certain degree and held accountable. The New York Daily News has one such story affecting the vaunted New York Police Department. A married couple, both serving NYPD officers, want to hold the city responsible for their daughter’s injury woes in the wake of a car chase on November 18, 2014. The above can be all but commonplace in a bustling metropolis like New York City. Manhattanites still have fresh memories of bikers chasing and mauling Alexian Lien at the Henry Hudson Parkway in September 2013, and nobody knows where the next police chase will occur. If a vehicular incident affected you or your loved one, seek the services of a personal injury attorney from the Bronx like those at The Law Firm of Joseph M. Lichtenstein, PC.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Construction firm owners, however, have the responsibility to provide a safe work environment for construction workers. To do this, they have to let their employees undergo training and educational courses on safety hazards to be conducted by representatives from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). Unfortunately, not all employers realize the importance of educating their employees on workplace safety. With insufficient knowledge on safety, workers become prone to accidents and injuries. If workers are harmed on-site due to their employer’s disregard of education and safety courses, or failure to provide safety equipment, they can seek the help of a qualified Bronx personal injury attorney to uphold their right to compensation.
Monday, March 2, 2015
If doctors commit any of these mistakes for one reason or another, patients can hold them liable by filing a medical negligence lawsuit with help of a Brooklyn personal injury lawyer who has handled similar cases before. Enlisting professional legal services can boost a patient’s chances of receiving compensation for his or her injury and subsequent losses in income, benefits, and other opportunities for gainful employment. It’s important to remember that, in clinical negligence lawsuits, the patient’s testimony alone in the personal injury case is not enough to prove that medical practitioners were indeed negligent. It will be up to the attorneys and their team to formulate strategies and gather evidence to substantiate the claim that the health care providers in the lawsuit, have, indeed, committed an error.
Sunday, March 1, 2015
In a largely populated area like the Bronx in New York, it is not out of the realm of possibility to be a victim of a violent crime. In fact, according to statistics, there is an average of 14,787 cases of reported violent crimes annually, which is considered to be one of the highest rates in the entire nation. Robbery, non-negligent manslaughter, and aggravated assault can cause property damage, emotional trauma, and serious physical injury, such as broken bones, and even brain injury. Getting injured because of the physical harm caused by another person can readily urn into a legal situation. A personal injury Lawyer in Bronx, NY might not even take on your request for a number of reasons, most likely because you don’t have a solid enough case to build on. Here are some explanations as to why some incidents do not always make a case.