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Patient fatality case raises dispute about penalties

People who live in New York and are concerned about the risk of being impacted by a medical error should feel safe that if such a problem were to happen to them, it might be properly reported. Patients and their family member should also feel that they will be properly compensated after a medical mistake and that appropriate actions will be taken to prevent similar errors from happening again. In some people's minds, these actions may include punishments for the medical staff involved.

Whether or not to punish health care professionals who make mistakes appears to be front and center in the debate that has launched after a nurse has been criminally charged in the death of an elderly patient. As reported by National Public Radio, the nurse not only administered the wrong drug to a patient but bypassed safety processes that were in place in order to get the incorrect drug from the machine it was stored in.

Teen driver-involved crashes spike during “100 deadliest days”

The days are getting longer, and that means teenagers across New York will soon take to the roadways as classes wind down and they get a taste of summer freedom. Unfortunately, the uptick in teen drivers on the state and nation’s roadways means bad news for the motoring public, with the time period between Memorial Day and Labor Day so dangerous that it has become known as the “100 deadliest days.” At La Sorsa & Beneventano, we understand that far too many people suffer injuries or lose loved ones during summer’s 100 deadliest days, and we have assisted many people affected by traffic crashes pursue appropriate recourse in the aftermath.

According to AAA, fatal car crashes involving teenage drivers jump 14 percent during the 100 deadliest days, and there are a number of factors likely contributing to this increase. For starters, teenage drivers inherently lack the experience that older drivers have, and this can make it tougher for them to avoid accidents and anticipate challenges on the roadways. Furthermore, many teenage drivers speed or text and drive, and this, too, can dramatically enhance their risk of a car crash.

Women's heart attacks often missed

People who live in New York might think that the signs of a heart attack would be the same in every person. This is not actually true. In fact, new information has been uncovered that highlights key differences in symptoms often experienced by women having heart attacks than by men. The most disturbing part of this discovery is that doctors have been missing these signs too frequently - half of the time according to Healthline.

A report found that in women, symptoms other than chest pain were reported in 54.8 percent of men but were reported in 62 percent of women. For the men, doctors did not think the symptoms were connected to their hearts in 36.7 percent of the cases. For the women, doctors did not connect the symptoms to their hearts in 53 percent of the cases. This may be part of why heart disease is responsible for one in every four female deaths.

Bedsores often indicate neglect in nursing home patients

Nursing home patients face a high risk of being diagnosed with decubitus ulcers, otherwise known as bedsores. But patients don't have to be bedridden to develop bedsores. Patients who sit for long hours in the same position in a chair can also suffer from this very painful condition.

This is a condition that can almost always be prevented with good patient management techniques. Yet, analysts with the Medicare Patient Safety Monitoring System (MPSMS) determined that nationwide, the rate of pressure sores acquired in medical facilities was 4.5 percent. However, New York exceeded that rate and has the highest incidence of all 50 states at 5.2 percent.

Maternal mortality rates on the rise across the nation

As a resident of New York, you may have full faith in the quality of care you receive throughout your pregnancy. You may, too, feel equally confident about the abilities of the doctors, nurses and other caregivers at the hospital where you plan to give birth, but statistics suggest that you may be unwise to do so. At La Sorsa & Beneventano, we recognize that American maternal mortality rates are on the rise from coast to coast, and we have helped many people who lost loved ones or otherwise suffered hardship due to pregnancy-related complications seek recourse.

Per Psychology Today, roughly 700 U.S. women die because of pregnancy-related complications every year, with “pregnancy-related complications” referring to those that affect you during birth, or in the year immediately following your child’s birth. While this figure is cause for alarm in a developed country such as the United States, so, too, is the fact that about 60 percent of these fatalities were preventable.

When can you sue a nursing home for an injury?

Many nursing homes in New York get money from the government. Because of this, there are many regulations they have to follow. If your loved one had an injury in one of these facilities, there may have been a violation of the rules present.

There are often many contributing factors to a single nursing home injury. Here are a few of the categories that may apply.

An overview of preventable falls and lawsuits

Many New York property owners may worry about facing a lawsuit if someone slips and falls on their properties. A successful lawsuit may be costly for owners in terms of fines, damages and legal fees. The main component in a slip-and-fall lawsuit centers on whether the property owner created or allowed a condition that caused the accident. In many cases, property owners may be able to reduce the chances of a slip and fall through good property maintenance.

According to the National Safety Council, falls are the top cause of preventable injury-related death for people between 65 and 74 years of age. In terms of preventable nonfatal injuries, falls are the leading cause for all people except those in the 5 to 24 age range. Falls also account for a high number of hospital visits; fall-related injuries brought over 8.5 million people to an emergency room in 2017.

Medical errors the nation’s third-most common cause of death

While it may not surprise you to learn that the top two causes of death in New York and America are heart disease and cancer, the third-most-common cause of death may come as more of a shock. Nowadays, medical errors are among the top three causes of death in America, which is particularly concerning because many such errors are avoidable. At La Sorsa & Beneventano, we recognize that medical errors cause patients and their families considerable hardship, and we have helped many people who suffered due to doctor and health care worker mistakes pursue recourse.

According to CNBC, medical errors are now so commonplace that they kill somewhere between 250,000 and 440,000 Americans each year. It is difficult, however, to determine an exact number of deaths involving medical errors, because funeral directors, coroners and others rarely list medical mistakes as causes of death. These are the professionals that supply the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with their death data, however, which raises questions about whether the 250,000 figure may, in fact, be far too low.

Do you know what caused your commercial truck accident?

After a commercial truck accident, you may have a lot of questions that need answers. How long will your recovery take? When can you expect compensation for your losses? How will you pay your bills if you cannot work?

The details of each accident are unique, so there are no one-size-fits-all answer for victims, but it is always wise to begin building a legal strategy as soon as you can. It is possible that you have more options than you realize right now, but only if you take action immediately. The longer you wait to begin working on your accident claim, the fewer options you have, and the more difficult it is to protect your rights.

The link between road construction and car wrecks

Travelling New York’s roadways presents inevitable hazards, with inclement weather, icy roadways and traffic all contributing to the dangers. Road construction, too, presents a notable hazard for today’s motoring public, with construction zones common sites for car wrecks and associated injuries and fatalities. At La Sorsa & Beneventano, we understand that today’s work zones pose numerous threats to New York drivers, and we have helped many people who suffered injuries in construction zones and other areas pursue appropriate recourse.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration, car crashes in work zones are on the rise across the nation, rising 42 percent between 2013 and 2015. Additionally, in 2014, 669 people lost their lives while traveling through road construction zones, which accounted for 2 percent of all road fatalities that year.

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