On the heels of the Flint water crisis, news emerged over the past few weeks of contaminated water in Hoosick Falls, a village in Rensselaer County, 33 miles outside Albany. Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) levels in groundwater were discovered to be 40 times higher than recommended by the EPA. PFOA is a water and oil repellent used in numerous products, such as, microwave popcorn bags and nonstick cookware.
As pain management becomes an ever increasing part of modern medicine, prescription painkiller use and abuse continues to rise. Although federal authorities have increased oversight of opioid prescription and distribution, there are still many healthcare providers who abuse their ability to distribute these drugs. This past week it was reported that a Long Island doctor, Dr. Noel Blackman, was arrested for distribution of opioids. He was intercepted by federal authorities at Kennedy Airport aboard a Guyana bound plane with $30,000 hidden in his suitcase.
Medical malpractice claims can be filed against doctors, hospital staff and facilities. In the event a nurse is found negligent, the facility that employs him or her can be held responsible. Although there are countless situations that may result in an injury to a patient, there are several acts of nurse negligence that sadly are quite common.
The thought of those responsible for the care and keeping of our loved ones being the very same people who abuse and neglect them is sickening. Nursing home abuse happens every day across the nation and is more common than people know. Hearing about nursing home abuse cases is upsetting enough, but for families that have a loved one in a long-term care facility, hearing these stories can be even more alarming.
Oxygen deprivation during childbirth can cause catastrophic injuries and even the death of an infant. Although many complications can lead to oxygen deprivation at any stage of pregnancy, the most common cause of oxygen deprivation related injuries during childbirth is negligence of the health care providers and their staff.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury because of the negligence of a medical facility and its staff members, you may be considering filing a medical malpractice action. For many individuals the fear of taking on a large institution is enough to stop the fight before it starts. Fortunately, no matter how large and powerful a facility and its staff may be, it is no match for an experienced malpractice attorney.
Not all medical malpractice cases result in a physical injury to the patient. The errors of a doctor or medical staff may be in the form of poor judgment and inappropriate behavior leading to emotional or mental damage rather than physical injury. As the New York Daily News reports, a well-known doctor of Mount Sinai Hospital is now under investigation for the inappropriate behavior and touching of a 22-year-old emergency room patient.
When faced with the possibility of surgical intervention, most patients experience a rush of anxiety, fear and questions. During the initial consultation and planning stages of a surgical procedure, it is the doctor's duty to inform patients of all related risks, benefits and alternatives. This supply of information is called informed consent and mandates that after a patient receives all related information, their written consent is provided to medical staff before any medical procedure is done.
On Wednesday January 13, 2016, Governor Cuomo delivered his State of the State speech. RVRMG Partner, Thomas Valet, attended the speech as a guest of the Speaker of the Assembly, Carl Heastie. Governor Cuomo unveiled his $20 billion plan to add 100,000 permanent housing units to the state over five years. He also proposed a law to strip convicted lawmakers of their pensions and recommended closing the LLC loophole, which allows corporate interests to channel campaign funds to candidates through LLCs.
A Senate report released earlier this week found the superbug infection linked improperly-cleaned duodenoscopes to be more widespread than previously thought.