August 14, 2012

Medical Mistakes cost Yorkshire £150 per minute

The standard of healthcare in some of Yorkshires best hospitals and clinics has been called into question. This problem has become so serious that it is costing taxpayers over £150 per minute. Almost a third of this money will go directly to lawyers.

The NHS has had to pay out for various medical negligence cases. This costs the NHS over £80 million per year. This is money that could be better off spent providing better medical treatment.

Clinics in Yorkshire have experienced over 1,280 cases against them. These cases include medical malpractice and medical. The number of cases seemed to be increasing every year, with a 10% increase in the number of cases in 2010.

The Manhattan report explains that the government has been forced to introduce new laws which can be used to reduce the number of claims against doctors.

However, as the report points out, these reforms might make it much more difficult for any injured patients to get the compensation they deserve. It could also stop many cases coming to light.

Almost a quarter of the payments were a result of poor treatment provided to young babies and pregnant ladies.

The source explains that the government has outlined changes to the legal system. This should prevent the health service from needing to pay lawyers’ fees and insurance premiums when cases are lost.

It’s also been suggested to stop offering legal aid for these negligence claims as this is encouraging more people to file lawsuits.

Some patients are critical over these reforms. Although they will reduce the costs to the NHS it will do nothing to help the people who are injured at the hands of the health care system.

Many Long Island lawyers can see the reforms halving the number of medical malpractice cases in Yorkshire. An investigation to these reforms is currently ongoing to try and decide whether or not they are in the public interest.

Medical malpractice lawsuits are a major problem around the world. While they do help many people, many other people are wondering whether they are negatively affecting health care in the country.

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May 26, 2012

Medical Malpractice Verdicts for a $250,000 award cap, infuriates Lawyers

A sudy claims that capping pain and suffering awards for malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 will be a big mistake for several reasons. $250,000 might seem like a lot of money to some, but to somebody who is suffering from an irreversible, life-changing condition due to a medical mistake, it doesn’t even make a dent in the costs.

“Our lawyers will be hesitant to take on any of these types of cases because we know we will just disappoint our clients,” he said. He recommends a piece written by Eric Turkewitz to sift through the details of these caps pointing out a quote that said “the ideas of Big Government intervention, protectionism and increased costs to taxpayers would be interesting for conservatives to mull over, as it runs contrary to conservative ideology.”

Although the lawyer says he doesn’t completely conquer with the basic idea that malpractice litigation serves as a useful device for improving patient care, he believes it’s almost too unorganized to achieve that, and said that doctors can’t change their practices to fit a system of basically random punishment.

He pointed out that in Tukewitz’s report he sighted Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York as an example and how it cut malpractice payments by 90% by simply putting in place stricter safety controls and organized checklists in its obstetric department.

Tukewitz introduces his report with, “Deeply hidden from public view inside a report from the New York State Department of Health is a proposal to place an artificial $250,000 cap on medical malpractice pain and suffering claims. That report was given to Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week. The proposal is tucked inside something called the Medicaid Redesign Team, and was authored by insurance companies and medical institutions. There were no patient representatives on the committee. You should soundly reject this anti-consumer bill on both public policy and monetary grounds.”

The doctor in Manhattan said he agrees with Tukewitz and concluded that New York places strict enough caps on personal injury cases now and has been for nearly 200 years.

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May 21, 2012

Medicaid Redesign Team makes hasty and uninformed decisions regarding Medical Malpractice lawsuits

In an effort to bring 2011-2012 Medicaid costs down without hurting New York’s healthcare, Governor Andrew Cuomo created a Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) and assigned 23 representatives from the healthcare sector to brainstorm their ideas.

“No patients' rights representatives were invited to participate in the process, which could be a red flag,” indicated a Lawyer.

He explained that 274 proposals were reviewed by the MRT, which included placing a $250,000 cap on pain and suffering in medical malpractice lawsuits (#131), as well creating a neurologically impaired infant fund (NII). Proposal #131 was favored by the Governor's Office despite the fact that it will likely deny injured patients and their family’s access to real justice.
Allegedly, the New York State Bar Association, the oldest and largest voluntary state bar association in the nation, tried to no avail to work with the MRT.

“The MRT sped up its efforts by submitting proposals several days before the March 1, 2011 deadline which, in effect, diminished any meaningful input into the process,” said a frustrated doctor.

He went on to say, "I marshal the evidence for a jury or a judge and try to argue my case from the evidence. In that regard, and from that perspective, looking at proposal #131, the evidence is lacking. The fact that there is no evidence before you in support of #131 is not surprising given the process that was followed.”

Rather than arguing publicly, the voting MRT members sat “(I) n the privacy of their office or their homes . . . with a clicker - a mouse - and ranked each of the proposals . . . They certainly did not have someone appear in front of them and explain how difficult it is to bring a successful malpractice case. There is this notion out there that it is simple. That all you have to do is find someone that has a complaint and then the dollars flow. The truth, the reality, is so far from that. The way we screen cases – you may accept 3 cases out of 20. And then you have to spend tens of thousands of dollars on those cases. So, when we do this, when we represent someone who has been injured, we don’t do it lightly. We invest an enormous amount of time and money and energy. And we end up representing people who have genuine injuries,” the Lawyers in Manhattan and Queens related.

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March 27, 2012

Pedophile Doctor Medical Malpractice Case

A recent investigation has uncovered a shocking truth at St Francis Hospital. It has been discovered that a doctor there has been taking photos of thousands of naked children while masturbating them. It is claimed by the doctor that he was conducting growth studies on his patients.

The case will be put before a jury shortly, which means the outcome of this medical malpractice case will be decided by the public.

The trial is filed against the hospital. The plaintiffs are filing for negligent supervision of their doctors when dealing with young children. The source explained that the disgusting study has left many young children traumatized.

The patient who was abused has requested $5 to $8 million in damages. The jury will now decide whether or not this is suitable.

The courtroom was packed with reporters, hospital execs, and lawyers for all of the 93 plaintiffs. The shocking truth was only uncovered in 2007 when a builder discovered some of the photos in the doctor’s house.

The doctor did not investigate or supervise the doctor in anyway with his growth study. The report states that there have been a number of complaints over the years, but these were never properly investigated.

The doctor who committed these malpractice crimes died in 1998 and so was never personally sued for his actions. As this crime has come to light, the plaintiffs are now attempting to sue the hospital for neglecting their interests and not taking care of them.

The patients argue that if the doctor was supervised properly that he would have been caught much quicker. Alarms should have been raised when he purchased enough film to take 38,000 photos on the hospital account.

It is alleged that the hospital did not do everything they should have done to take care of the children they were responsible for.

The hospital denies any responsibility. They say that the doctor himself would be responsible for his research project. The hospitals which chimed in in The Bronx and Manhattan said that they had no reason to think anything illegal was going on.

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January 17, 2012

Lifting caps for Medical Malpractice Cases

A report shares how the unfortunate incident of a 17 year old lady’s tragic death due sparked the discussion between law makers, patient advocate groups and Congress about lifting caps for medical malpractice damages.

Many lawmakers, according to the report, are trying to cut down on the cost of health care and one of the ways that they deem necessary to accomplish this task is to put a cap on medical malpractice cases. The lawmakers and groups of physicians seem to agree that if a cap is not put on such medical malpractice cases, it will result in unnecessary lawsuits.

However, the expert along with families of the patients disagrees with this stance. They feel that doctors and hospitals should be held accountable for their negligence.

The hospital where the death of this young woman occurred were quick to note that they were sad about her death and indicated that they have worked to conduct an intensive investigation that would give definitive answers about her death. Hospitals in Manhattan and Queens also strive to eliminate mistakes like this.

One hospital official said, “We take pride in our policy of informing the family and the patient about their care and the treatment that we provide.”

However, this young lady’s family has decided to take it into the court system so that they can have some closure about what happened to their daughter. The young lady’s parents had to cut through so much red tape to get the answers that they required.

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November 14, 2011

Medical Malpractice Clients Are Entitled to Compensation

In a system where nearly 98,000 deaths and 1 million injuries each year occur, you would think that there would be some sort of reprimand. In 1999 a study discovered that these deaths and injuries take place in our local hospitals. This study shocked the general public, and has led to the truth about medical care coming out in the open.

In New York, a study was initiated from 2002-2007 that involved 10 state hospitals. Researchers discovered that around 18% of patients were harmed by medical malpractice, and that up to 63.1 percent could have been prevented. According to a New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer, almost 2.4 percent of those medical malpractice accidents were seen to be instrumental in the patient’s deaths.

Most hospital malpractice suits have been brought on the inability of the hospital to ensure that infections avoided. These infections come in various forms, from urinary catheters, lines inserted into veins and arteries to ventilators. Errors in medication are also a leading source of medical malpractice. Medication errors affected 162 of the 2,341 patients studied in a North Carolina project.

Officials in Manhattan and Nassau County are calling for mandatory federal-level reporting to ensure that the hospitals be held more accountable for their mistakes. The accountability program would allow patients to compare safety and other options before picking a caregiver, instead of being in the dark when going in for treatment, explains a NY City Medical Malpractice Lawyer. Only 17 percent of hospitals currently have a computerized system available, even though this simple step could minimize medication errors by 80 percent.

Patients injured in hospital medical malpractice are entitled to compensation for their injuries in most cases. Hospitals may be responsible for medical costs, future medical care, lost wages, and possibly limited pain and suffering.

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