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Proposed Date Of Discovery Law Is Critical Women's Rights Issue

Sometimes the application of laws can have a chilling effect on innocent victims. New York's antiquated 'Date of Discovery' laws punish a victim in the harshest of terms. The law remains without good reason. We analyze it below, using the below article to hammer home the point.

Medical Errors Are 3rd Leading Cause Of Death In U.S.

Everyone wants to trust that their medical care will help them; we all want to believe that the doctors and nurses entrusted with our care are infallible. That utopian view is one that is embraced by many people across the country. Nobody wants to believe that a doctor is capable of making a mistake in judgment or, in legal parlance, commit medical malpractice.

Workers' Compensation No Longer Doing Its Job, Says NYCOSH

A report issued last year by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) points to problems in the state's workers compensation system. Based on case studies of seven workers, the report shows that workers injured in workplace accidents or made ill by dangerous conditions continue to experience " frustration, aggravation, delay and humiliation" and to receive "inadequate medical care and compensation."

Prevent medical malpractice -- Be your own advocate, Part 2

In our previous blog, we reviewed some statistics regarding the extent of preventable medical errors in the U.S. hospital industry. In this post, we list some of the steps patients can take to protect themselves from the consequences of medical malpractice while in the hospital.

Prevent medical malpractice -- Be your own advocate, Part 1

If four fully-loaded jumbo jets crashed each week, the number of fatalities would be equal to deaths from preventable medical malpractice. If the aviation industry had this kind of track record, the flying public would be up in arms. Although hospitals and doctors talk about fixing the problem of preventable medical errors, going to the hospital is still a very risky business.

Fewer work hours could increase physician errors

Conventional wisdom dictates that fewer hours on the job for a physician means fewer errors because of less stress and more rest. A recent survey of health care providers, however, has reached the startling conclusion that the opposite may be true. Fewer work hours for hospital residents has led to more medical mistakes and more surgical errors.

Early C-section may cause complications, possible birth injury

One of every three children is delivered via Cesarean section in the United States today, making a C-section one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the country. Lately, there has been a growing trend of C-section deliveries performed earlier than at the recommended birthing time. Many people do not understand that this procedure could result in a birth injury and possibly cause irreparable damage to both the child and the mother.

Antibacterial drug may lead to arrhythmias and death

Many drugs - on the market under hundreds of brand names - can be prescribed for any given disease. That's why patients depend on medical practitioners to prescribe the correct medication. Nevertheless, medical practitioners make mistakes, and one misguided prescription may lead to fatal side effects.

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