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One-and-Only-campaignSince 2001 more than 150,000 patients in the US have been notified by their healthcare providers that they might have been potentially exposed to bloodborne pathogens  such as hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) after a health provider committed medical malpractice by failing to observe standard injection safety protocols.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is worried that too many healthcare providers are failing to observe what is considered basic infection control when injecting patients. A recent “One and Only” campaign seeks to raise awareness among healthcare providers and patients about safe injection practices.

These practices might seem obvious but incidents happen quite commonly and the consequences can be deadly.

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Medical Malpractice Briefing BookThe Center for Justice and Democracy recently released the 2019 edition of their Medical Malpractice Briefing Book. This very popular publication was updated with the most recent studies, statistics and general healthcare information and comes with links to the original material.

In addition to the usual sections, this new edition contains several new sections, including: sexual assault by doctors; misdiagnoses (the most prevalent and costly type of medical error); childbirth errors; plastic surgery; resident “hand-offs;” physician stress and burnout; and the real cause of insurance spikes for doctors.

Among the many findings, here are some of the most interesting:

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hacked150,000 potential victims of medical malpractice who clicked on Facebook ads created by xSocial Media and provided their personal medical records including intimate and personal descriptions of their injuries were exposed in a major data breach. The leaked data included not only the full name, address, email, phone number and IP address of the patient but also the circumstance of the injury and an explanation about the injury. Among the information unveiled by the breach were injuries suffered by veterans during combat, injuries by medical devices or by medication side-effects. Some of the data also contained insights about the employment situation of  medical patients that could ruin their career.

xSocial Media is a Facebook marketing agency that specializes in running ad campaigns for medical malpractice and other personal injury lawsuits to generate leads for their clients. When Facebook users click their adds, they are asked to fill a form to check if they qualify for legal assistance.  These forms generate leads for xSocial Media’s clients. The forms are stored in multiple databases operated by xSocial Media. These databases are not safe and were hacked. After the breach was discovered it took xSocial Media 9 days to act on it and fix the issue. A recent article in VPN mentor demonstrates how easy a hacker could access this data.

Also in addition to leaking medical records, xSocial Media also leaked invoices records containing their own bank account info as well as their clients name, address and phone numbers.  The leak also shows the result of their clients campaigns and how much they paid for it.

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Medical Malpractice Attorney Christopher_DonadioOur NY medical malpractice attorney Christopher J. Donadio has been invited to lecture at the ACI Advanced Forum on Obstetrical Malpractice Claims, which will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 8:15 am at the The Union League of Philadelphia at 140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mr. Donadio has been asked to provide a plaintiff’s attorneys perspective to the current trends in medical malpractice cases involving shoulder dystocia.

The Annual Advanced Forum on Obstetric Malpractice Claims is an annual event that brings together a faculty of medical experts, risk managers, insurance professionals, and plaintiff and defense attorneys who will provide the attendees with the most up-to-date information on complex medical issues as well as litigation hurdles and strategies.

Failure to recognize signs of shoulder dystoria and to handle the situation proprely can be devastating for the baby

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Blog_Medical_Malpractice139% of incidents of medical malpractices are committed by 2% of doctors in the US according to a recent study entitled “Changes in Practice among Physicians with Malpractice Claims” and recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine . Many of these doctors are multi recidivists and have accumulated 5 or more paid lawsuits. While some of them quit, a majority of them just keep on going.  The study found that 90% of them are indeed still in practice.

Any doctor can open a solo practice including those who have had several paid claims against them

Contrary to what many believe, most doctors who have been sued multiple times for medical malpractice do not relocate to another state.  They often open their own practice because it gets more difficult for them to be hired by hospitals or healthcare groups. Any doctor can open their own practice, irrespective of the number of times he or she might have been sued for medical malpractice.  Additionally patients are less likely to look for information about prior lawsuits than employers. Opening a solo practice also means less oversight but also an increased risk for more harm to patients. Should doctors with several malpractice claim be authorized to do so? Also should patients be able to easily access information on physicians past lawsuits?

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Top 10 patient safety concern in 2019As medicine evolves so do the risks for medical malpractice. Here are the top main risks according to  the 2019 Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns recently published by the ECRI Institute:

  1. Improper use of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) can be medical malpractice that can cause severe harm and sometimes death.  Diagnoses that are not proprely communicated or followed up are the number one concern when it comes to patient safety in 2019.  Too often, the 3 main components of the EHR, The diagnosis, the treatment plan and the follow up plan are inaccurate or missing. As a result, the risk of diagnostic error increases.
  2. The second biggest cause of concern for patient safety is the over prescription of antibiotics to patients that increases their antibiotic resistance and as a result limits their future treatment options. The over prescription of antibiotics affect particularly seniors who believe antibiotics can help them to feel better in almost any type of situation and doctors who are handing them out like candies.
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Blog_Medical_Malpractice-thumbArmy medical staff and doctors should be accountable for medical malpractice says a bipartisan group of House lawmakers that just announced a legislation that would allow malpractice lawsuits against the military by creating an exemption to the Feres Doctrine, a 69-year-old legal precedent barring that legal action. This new legislation is coming after congressional hearings of victims of military medical mistakes last April.

One of the key victims testifying was Sgt. 1st Class Richard Stayskal.  The 37-year-old green beret who miraculously survived a pierced lung after being shot by a sniper when he was deployed to Iraq in 2004 is now fighting for his life again because of  of gross medical malpractice by army doctors. In 2017, after struggling with severe breathing issues Stayskal went to visit a civilian doctor who diagnosed him with stage 4 lung cancer. Previously Stayskal consulted with Army doctors who diagnosed him with bad pneumonia. The Army doctors misdiagnosed the tumor in his lung, allowing it to double in size and spread to vital organs. A father of two young daughters, Stayskal has a one year life expectancy.

Also appearing in front of Congress last month was the widow of 25 year old U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dean Witt. The young man was admitted  at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California for a routine appendectomy. He was left in a vegetative state after a nurse anesthetist inserted a breathing tube into his esophagus instead of his trachea or airway, depriving his brain of oxygen. His family decided to remove him from life support one month after the operation.

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New York State hospitals and especially New York City hospitals and nursing homes are the institutions the most affected in the country by Candida Auris, a dangerous fungal infection resistant to most medications. The disease already killed a patient at Mount Sinai hospital last year and 309 cases have been confirmed in New York and 109 in New Jersey out of a total of 587 for the entire country.

Hospitals that have been contaminated by Candida Auris germs report that it is very difficult to eradicate it in the facility. It takes special cleaning equipment. Sometime tiles have to be ripped of the walls to get rid of the bug.

Candida Auris a hospital superbug invades New York

If  a loved one is in a nursing home or at the hospital ask if they had any cases of Candida Auris

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New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer Ben RubinowitzOur managing partner, NYC Medical Malpractice Lawyer Ben Rubinowitz is honored to be invited to the American Urologic Association’s Annual Meeting 2019 held in Chicago, May 3-6 2019. There he will have the opportunity to speak with Practicing Physicians and Hospital Department Chairs about Medical Malpractice in general and about the pitfalls of Electronic Medical Records, In addition, his lecture will focus on doctors’ failure to properly inform their patients of the risks, benefits and alternatives of the proposed treatment, communication errors and recurrent departures from accepted standards of medical care. The goal of the talk is to allow for better patient care.

Click here for more info or to register

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Kigs County Hospital has the highest number of wrongful death claims468 people died of medical malpractice in NYC’s public hospitals in the past 5 years according to a recent article in the New York Post.  Among all 11 HHC hospitals, Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn had the worst record. 91 claims of wrongful death related to medical malpractice were filed against the Brooklyn hospital between the beginning of 2014 and the end of 2018. Bellevue, a much larger city hospital located in Manhattan came second with 54 wrongful death claims filed against it during the same period.

The Post analysed City Comptroller data obtained through a Freedom of Information request and found that the city paid $34 million to 56 families in 2014. Among the cases closed, the Post found out that  some patients died in horrific conditions from gross medical malpractice committed by these hospitals. Among the most shocking were:

  • The wrongful death of a woman who died from organ failure after doctors at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn ignored her tuberculosis diagnosis and botched her treatment. Her family was awarded  $3.2 million, one of the largest amounts paid by HHC to the 56 families.