Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman, Mackauf, Bloom & Rubinowitz is a New York Plaintiff's personal injury law firm specializing in automobile accidents, construction accidents, medical malpractice, products liability, police misconduct and all types of New York personal injury litigation.
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medication%20error.jpgMedication error in psychiatric practice can be medical malpractice. In a recent study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and funds from the Recovery Act, researchers found that patients between the age of 15 and 40 years old who suffered a first-episode psychosis were not prescribed a medication treatment complying with the recommended guidelines for their condition. According to the guidelines, patients with a first episode of psychosis should be treated differently than those with recurrent episodes.

Researchers are calling for more prescriber education after they studied 404 individuals suffering from an initial schizophrenia episode and found that 159 of them were not prescribed an appropriate treatment. Among these 159 people, 8.8 percent were prescribed higher-than-recommended doses of antipsychotics; 23.3 percent were prescribed more than one antipsychotic; 36.5 percent were prescribed an antipsychotic and an antidepressant without a clear need for the antidepressant; 10.1 percent were prescribed psychotropic medications without an antipsychotic medication; and 1.2 percent were prescribed stimulants. In addition, 32.1 percent were prescribed olanzapine, a medication not recommended for first-episode patients. Some of the 159 fell into multiple categories.

Read more in the press release of the National Institutes of Health

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sleep%20depravation.jpgSleep deprivation is not only responsible for many traffic accidents daily but experts now believe that it also played a role in previous catastrophic accidents such as the Exxon Valdez Oil spill, the Staten Island Ferry crash and the Three Mile Island nuclear meltdown. In “Sleepless in America” a two hours documentary that started Sunday, The National Geographic Channel in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health and The Public Good Projects indicate that 40% of people in America do not get enough sleep. Not only can this condition lead to irreparable health damage but it can also have dramatic consequences especially for people who are operating heavy machinery or for people who are on the road.

Read more in the Washington Post and see trailer below

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Blima Friedman died and her pregnant mother suffered personal injury after they were hit by a 22 year old driver who was working as a valet parker yesterday night around 9 pm in Brooklyn. The two pedestrians were crossing 60th street midblock between 17th Ave and 18th Ave when the accident happened (read more in the NY Daily News and see video below)

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Health%20tech.jpgDevice-related hazards can lead to medical malpractice. In its 2015 top 10 Health Technology hazards, ECRI Institute lists 10 safety topics deemed crucial for hospitals to address. Here is the list of the top 10 technology hazards;

1. Alarm hazard: inadequate alarm configuration policies and practice 2. Data integrity: incorrect or missing data in EHR’s and other Health IT Systems 3. Mix-Up of IV lines leading to misadministration of drugs and and solutions 4. Inadequate reprocessing of endoscopes and surgical instruments 5. Ventilator disconnections not caught because of mis-set or missed alarms 6. Patient-handling device use errors and device failures 7. “Dose Creep”: unnoticed variations in diagnostic radiation exposures 8. Robotic surgery: complications due to insufficient training 9. Cyber security: insufficient protections for medical devices and systems 10. Overwhelmed recall and safety-alert management program
In future blogs we will look at each of these medical technology hazards in detail.

The complete report can also be downloaded here

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Recent research has demonstrated that concussions and head injuries in young athletes are even more dangerous than previously thought. Today between 1pm and 2 pm EST, a panel of researchers, athletes, doctors and public advocates will participate in a Twitter Chat on sports-related head injuries in children, tweeting under the handle @safetymd. The chat is hosted by Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma (@injuredkids) in partnership with Richard Childress Racing. Anybody is welcome to join and share their #HelmetSelfie.

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16 year old Oscar Hernandez suffered severe personal injury and his mother and sister died in the Harlem gas explosion that destroyed a building on E. 116th street in Harlem, NYC on March 12th this year. The young man spent 11 days in a coma and when he came out of the coma, he needed several surgeries that kept him in the hospital until June 27th. Oscar, his dad and his little sister are the only members of the family who survived the gas explosion. On Thanksgiving all three are happy to be alive and thank all the people who helped them.

Read more in the NY Daily News

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22 year old Irina Danilyuk was hospitalized in critical condition after her car burst into fire following an accident during which she first hit a car and then a tree while driving drunk on the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn, NYC. The young woman suffers from multiple injuries including cuts to her head, burns on her back and legs as well as internal injuries. The car accident happened early Saturday morning around 3:45. (Read more about this accident in the NY Daily News)

In another incident of drunk driving, the Staten Island police found a drunk driver asleep at the wheel with an open can of beer in his cup holder in the middle of traffic on the West Shore Expressway (Read more in the Staten Island Live)

Over the year statistics show that accidents related to drunk driving always increase during the long Thanksgiving week-end and also during the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day so please drive safely!

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Last February a 64 year old patient from a nursing home in the Bronx, NY, was allegedly raped by a a nurse. The victim suffered from dementia and couldn’t speak because of a previous stroke. The abuse happened at the Manhattan Healthcare Center in Marble Hill in the Bronx, NYC. The nurse, 42 year old Nanic Aidasani, was caught in the act by an aid who walked into the room of the patient and found him on the top of the victim.

The family of the woman was back in the courtroom yesterday after the case had already been adjourned five times. They were extremely disappointed to hear that their case had to be adjourned for the sixth time as the lawyer for the alleged rapist is now calling for a psychological evaluation of the nurse. Among the people who came to support the family was NY State Senator Ruben Diaz. The Senator and the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization held a prayer vigil to support the family and friends of the victim.

Read more in the NY Daily News

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After a pedestrian was killed by a reckless cyclist in Central Park a few months ago, the city decided to lower the speed limit to 20 mph from 25 mph in Central Park. Signs will be installed in the next few days and the new speed limit will be in effect immediately after their installation is completed.

Read more in the NY Daily News.

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A van driver who was fleeing from the police crashed into a car occupied by 50 year old Nancy Lawrence and her 18 year old daughter. The mother was seriously injured while the daughter who was sitting in the passenger seat, is in critical condition. The accident happened yesterday in the middle of the afternoon at the Intersection of Avenue U and Stuart Street in Marine Park, Brooklyn, NYC. The police had previously tried to stop the van driver on Flatbush Ave but he drove over one of the cop’s foot, clipped another one and sped off. The police officers then jumped in their cars and pursued the van driver until Marine Park where the accident happened. The Van driver tried to run away from the accident but was apprehended.

Read more in the NY Daily News