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Protecting your health against medical malpractice

Whenever you go to see your doctor, you are placing a large amount of trust in his or her experience to help you navigate symptoms, identify treatment options and secure your long-term health. While it is necessary for you to rely on your health care provider's ability to give sound care, it can also be unnerving at times to leave something as sensitive and important as your health in someone else's hands. In fact, there may be times when your doctor makes a mistake which while seemingly simple, can also put your well-being in grave danger in serious cases. At Goldberg Sager & Associates, we have helped many people in New York to recognize the dangers of medical malpractice.

What is the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act?

If you do not have medical insurance, you may not seek medical care due to the expense. You may also have a hard time getting medical care once a doctor finds out you have no coverage. However, if you need emergency medical treatment at a New York hospital, you can go in and be seen even if you have no insurance or cannot pay right then, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians. This is a right guaranteed to you under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act. 

The problems presented by heuristics

Brooklyn residents go to area hospitals and healthcare clinics expected to get answers to the questions they have about the injuries and illnesses afflicting them. Unfortunately, statistics show that doctors are not always able to provide them. According to research data shared by CBS News, 12 million people (roughly 1 out of 20 adult patients) are misdiagnosed by American healthcare providers each year. This prompts the question of what may be causing this high rate of misdiagnoses? 

Filing a medical malpractice suit in New York

New York residents probably will be shocked to learn that preventable medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in America, accounting for over 250,000 deaths each year. These alarming statistics appeared in a 2016 report summarizing the conclusions reached by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

VA Conceals Medical Errors

In the United States, medical errors account for the third leading cause of death. According to USA TODAY, the Veterans Affairs hospital system is the nation's largest employer of healthcare workers. A recent ongoing federal lawsuit and investigation into the VA has revealed that Thomas Franchini, a podiatrist, along with other physicians have made dangerous medical errors in multiple cases, but were allowed to resign without any disciplinary action. Furthermore, the VA failed to inform state licensing regulators and patients about their conduct and past performance. This allowed doctors like Thomas Franchini to resign and go into private practice, putting not only veterans but the public at large in danger.

How common are anesthesia errors?

One of the most critical aspects of surgery is the administration of anesthesia. You may not think much about it when you are consenting to a medical procedure in New York that requires you to have it. But it is an aspect of medical care you should not overlook. When administered properly, it relaxes the body and takes away the pain and discomfort you would normally feel without it. When it is given improperly, the results could lead to a great deal of pain, trauma, complications and death. 

Can you avoid becoming the victim of misdiagnosis?

When you feel yourself beginning to experience pain, discomfort or suspicious symptoms that leave you feeling unwell, chances are you confide in your health care provider in hopes of finding a solution. However, New York doctors are at just as much risk of making mistakes as anyone else. Your efforts to take your health and treatment into your own hands can help you avoid becoming the victim of misdiagnosis. 

How can communication in healthcare be improved?

One of the driving forces behind medical errors in New York is communications issues. Many situations where a patient suffers due to someone's negligence can be traced back to miscommunication. There are many reasons why such issues occur, and for years, the medical profession has been trying to fix them. Some solutions have introduced new issues, but there are others that have been working well. The ultimate goal is to find what works and implement it in every healthcare setting.

Can you prevent medical malpractice with proper research?

While it would be ideal to rely solely on the expertise, professionalism and educational knowledge of your health care provider, there is always the risk of human error. Fortunately, there are ways you can combat common medical errors by completing proper research from the beginning.

A closer look at medical errors that are completely preventable

While it can be tempting to fully trust medical professionals to care for you and your loved ones, doctors and nurses can still make mistakes. However, many of these errors are actually preventable with the right focus, attention and adherence to designated protocols. At Goldberg Sager & Associates, we have helped many victims of medical malpractice in New York.

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