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New York City Medical Malpractice Law Blog

Melissa Rivers files medical malpractice suit over mother?s death

She was a legend and a pioneer who had forced her way into the male-dominated world of stand up comedy through sheer power of will, an acerbic wit and self effacing humor. One generation knew Joan Rivers as a comic and talk show host, the next perhaps as a QVC saleswoman and another as the guardian of the red carpet. She had an unstoppable work ethic and was always ready with a wise crack, especially when it came to her looks ? and the lengths she went to keep them.

FDA Warns of Blood Acids from SGLT2 Drugs

The FDA warned last week that a commonly used newer class of type 2 diabetes drugs may cause dangerously high levels of blood acids that could require hospitalization. The sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors lower blood sugar by causing the kidneys to remove sugar from the body through the urine. The SGLT2s include AstraZeneca's Farxiga (dapagliflozin), Johnson & Johnson's Invokana (canagliflozin) and Eli Lilly in partnership with Boehringer Ingleheim's Jardiance (embagliflozin).

FDA Issues Class I Recall for Tiger Paw System II for Tears and Bleeding in Heart Tissue

FDA announced a Class I Recall of the Tiger Paw System II, produced by Maquet Medical Systems. The Class I is the most serious FDA Recall issued when there is a reasonable probability that the use of a product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death. The TigerPaw II is a surgical staple device used to close tissue in the left atrial appendage (LAA) of the heart, used during open heart surgery.

Mistakes in surgery are still very common

Over the past several decades, scientific advances have revolutionized surgery, making procedures possible that were unthinkable in the past. Most surgeons are highly trained, conscientious and methodical as they conduct these procedures, helping patients regain their mobility and even their lives. Sadly, surgery errors are still all too common and the unfortunate victims of these botched procedures are left maimed, and sometimes dead. Researchers refer to these as "never events" ? in other words, things that should never happen.

BIRTH DEFECT SUITS OVER ZOFRAN RAMP UP

Our law firm is considering a wider range of injuries to bring lawsuits for as the medical profession pays more attention finally to what types of birth defects Zofran exposure in the womb can cause.

ENTEROPATHY DUE TO DIOVAN (VALSARTAN)

Our firm was one of the first to start suit for serious, life threatening gastrointestinal problems (called enteropathy or sprue) due to Benicar, which goes under the generic name of olmesartan. This drug, used to treat hypertension, is in the category of ARBs-angiotensin II receptor blockers.

Nerve injuries from surgical errors

New York residents may be interested in information about some of the nerve injuries that can result from surgical errors. Trauma inflicted on the nerves can interfere or prevent signals from being transmitted between the brain and the rest of the body. People suffering these injuries may lose feeling in the affected area, or their muscular functions may become limited. Nerves can be easily damaged if they are cut, stretched or under too much duress.

Nerves are bundles of smaller nerve fibers, or axons, encased in sheaths that help deliver messages from the brain to make the body function. This fragile system is also responsible for providing critical signals between the body and the brain, such as temperature, pressure and pain. Pressure or stretching can break the axons inside the nerves interfere with transmitting certain signals, even though the sheath remains intact. Both the axons and the surrounding tissue are severed whenever the nerve is cut.

Medical errors preventable with better communication

New York hospital patients may be surprised to learn that a lack of communication worsens medical errors in many cases. A 2005 study jointly conducted by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and a corporate training company found that 84 percent of medical staff reported seeing colleagues taking unsafe shortcuts, and 88 percent said some people they worked with had poor clinical judgment. However, fewer than one out of every 10 communicated these concerns when they occurred.

Medical errors that are preventable claim the lives of close to 200,000 patients annually around the country. However, the culture within many hospitals and other medical facilities is one in which staff do not feel comfortable challenging a colleague or superior when they observe an error.

Liaison Counsel Appointed and Stay Ordered in Philadelphia Xarelto Litigation

Judge Arnold L. New, of the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, identified counsel for state court Xarelto products liability cases in Philadelphia. Three law firms were recognized to serve as co-liaison for plaintiffs, and two to serve on behalf of the defendants. The order also stayed all responsive pleading obligations.

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