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New York City Medical Malpractice Law Blog

How prevalent are errors by medical professionals?

Everyone makes mistakes. Chances are, there's not one person reading this who hasn't committed an error at work. However, when most employees make a mistake, it means an order doesn't go out on time or a presentation doesn't go over as well as it should have. When an error at work can mean the difference between life and death or permanent disability, there's a higher responsibility to get things right. That's the case for doctors every day. If they make a medical error, their patient could die.

Medical Malpractice Cases Involving Xarelto and Eliquis

While our law firm is concentrating on bringing suits for bleeding catastrophes in use of the new Factor Xa inhibitor drugs Xarelto and Eliquis, there are lurking medical malpractice issues in the facts of many cases we are consulted about. It may be that in a certain set of facts, there is the potential for a joint malpractice and product liability case, or just a standalone malpractice case.

How common are infections at hospitals?

If it weren't so frightening and deadly, it would be laughably ironic: people go to the hospital to get better, but many end up contracting life-altering diseases there. It's a charge we've all heard leveled at the hospital system in the United States, but just how prevalent are the instances of infection and disease at American hospitals?


What is Erb's palsy?

It's a tragedy unlike any other a parent can experience. You carry a precious life for nine months, nurturing it and planning for its future. You paint the baby's bedroom and plan routes to the hospital a hundred times. Then, thanks in part to someone else's negligence, a birth injury occurs and your little one's life can change forever.

HeartWare Ventricular Assist Systems Class I Recall

A class I recall was issued in April, 2015, for all HeartWare Ventricular Assist Systems (VAS) currently in use. The HeartWare VAS helps deliver blood from the heart to the rest of the body. It is commonly used in patients suffering from left ventricular heart failure who are awaiting a heart transplant. Class I recalls are the most serious type of recall issued by the FDA. Class I recalls involve circumstances in which there is a fair probability that use of these products will cause serious injury or death.

Law Firm Starts First Suit For Death Of Eliquis User

The New York City law firm of Rheingold, Valet, Rheingold, McCartney & Giuffra LLP this week commenced a lawsuit involving the bleeding to death of a user of the new blood anticoagulant Eliquis. It is alleged that the drug is marketed misleadingly as one size fits all users, and without a prominent warning that there is no reversal agent available to arrest bleeding once it starts. Herschell v. Bristol-Myers Squibb et al, Southern District of New York, Docket No.: 1:15-cv-04620 (2015).

Subsequent to $13B merger with Biomet, Zimmer to cut staff and close dental headquarters

In anticipation of the upcoming merger of Zimmer and Biomet, Zimmer is preparing to shut down its dental headquarters in Carlsbad, California. The upcoming $13 billion merger will result in many other layoffs as well. The acquisition which is expected to be finalized in mid-June will consolidate the two dental operations into a single unit. The consolidation and resulting layoffs are set to be finalized in about one year.

Surgical mistakes are more common than you might think

Going to the hospital is supposed to fix what ails you, still it seems that with each subsequent study comes more and more evidence that the contrary is sometimes true. Researchers have a name for when things go wrong: they call them "never events." These are events that should never happen, that we certainly hope would "never" happen to us or to anyone we know.

New York jury awards parents $45 after botched surgery

We trust our surgeons to take the utmost care with procedures because they are highly trained and have taken an oath to "first, do no harm." Sadly, that's not always the way it works out: surgical errors happen. Careless surgeons make mistakes that can lead to permanent disabilities and even death.


When can you sue a hospital for negligence?

When you go to the hospital, you expect the doctors and nurses to do everything in their power to give you the best care available. And, in general, hospitals do an incredible job saving lives, but accidents do happen; that's understandable. What's not understandable is when a patient is injured by negligence. When it happens to you, you may be filled with questions. How did this happen? Was there anything I could have done to prevent it? Can I bring a lawsuit against the hospital for medical expenses and pain and suffering?

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