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Category Archives: Health

Child Safety Demonstration Shows Dangers of Hot Cars

dangers of hot cars for children

According to experts, each year an average of 37 children die from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside vehicles. In a memorable demonstration, Los Angeles police officers gathered with local representatives and set up two cars – one with the windows closed and one with them cracked – to demonstrate just how fast each car -->

Kids and Vaping: Mango-Flavored Danger

kids and vaping

Thanks to shrewd and aggressive social media campaigns and deceptive product development targeting teens and vulnerable children, the tobacco industry has fostered a whole new generation of nicotine addicts. Items like JUULs are designed to look fashionable and are available in a kid-friendly array of candy-like flavors such as mango. Unlike the days of “smoking -->

What to Do If Your Surgery was Botched

What to Do If Your Surgery was Botched

Did you know experts estimate more than 250,000 people die each year due to surgical errors? Surgical errors stem from a number of factors, including systematic issues amongst hospital staff, physician error, contaminated medical devices, and issues during pre-operative or post-operative care. Studies indicate almost 75% of surgical errors happen during the surgery, with the -->

Would you Know if your Child was Being Bullied?

Would you Know if your Child was Being Bullied?

According to experts, in 2016 more than 250,000 students ages 5 to 18 were bullied in New York alone. Any repeated interpersonal behavior between children/adolescents, intended to cause physical or psychological harm is considered bullying. Most instances of bullying fall into one of these four categories: Physical Coercion Hostile Teasing Emotional Bullying Cyber Bullying Parents -->

Fatal Medical Diagnostic Errors More Common Than you Think

What to Do If Your Surgery was Botched

A recent study shows that from 2013-2017 errors related to diagnosis were the largest source of medical malpractice claims. “The report, published by malpractice services provider Coverys, found 33% of malpractice claims were related to errors made during patient diagnosis and more than half of those claims involved poor clinical decisions. Diagnosis-related claims beat out all -->

Struggling with your memory or vision? The solution may be easier than you think

Struggling with your memory or vision? The solution may be easier than you think

Many of us have experienced bouts of forgetfulness at one point or another, but a sudden lack of recollection can be troubling and even dangerous. The same goes for trouble with vision/focus/perception. These symptoms, which mirror the effects of alcohol, are often caused by sleep deprivation. A UCLA study found that sleep deprivation may actually -->

Protecting Patient Rights, Calling for Critical Changes

Protecting Patient Rights, Calling for Critical Changes

This past spring Managing Partner, Andrew Finkelstein & Senior Trial Attorney George Levy met with legislators in Albany to promote and protect New Yorkers’ rights. Among the topics discussed was Lavern’s Law, pending legislation that greatly impacts victims of medical malpractice. “New York is one of only a handful of states where people harmed by -->

When Your Lifeline Fails

When Your Lifeline Fails

In April 2017, we published a blog with crucial information about EpiPen and EpiPen Jr Recalls. Recently the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accused Meridian Medical Technologies, Inc., a Pfizer medical company that produces EpiPens, of failing to investigate hundreds of complaints that the life-saving anti-allergy device (commonly known as an EpiPen) misfired during -->

Questions Raised After Images Surface of Bloody Wheelchair Given to Newburgh Patient

A patient at Newburgh’s St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital recently captured images of what appears to be a bloody wheel chair provided for patient use. According to officials, the hospital confirmed the equipment did not meet the hospital’s standards. Patients in New York Hospitals have certain rights, including the right to “receive considerate and respectful care -->

Is Your Child’s Backpack Causing Physical Harm?

Does it appear your child’s backpack is growing in size every day? Is your child lugging around a significant portion of their body weight in their backpack? Are you noticing your child struggle to maintain good posture while holding their backpack? You may need to consider if your child’s backpack is affecting their wellbeing. According -->

Knee, Hip, and Back Pain Caused by Your Job

Did you know some people are more susceptible to periodic and chorionic pain due to exercise and strenuous activity required by some jobs? Certain people have naturally weaker muscle groups, specifically gluteal muscles and hip flexors. These people maybe be more easily injured or likely to experience pain if they are pushed too hard at -->

Tragic Death of a Toddler During Potentially Unnecessary Surgical Procedure

Just months ago a 14 month old Texas toddler died while undergoing a dental procedure. Authorities are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the child’s death and are now questioning why treatment was performed at all. “One can only speculate as to why any treatment was performed considering no indication of dental disease or pathology was -->

Non Profit Hospitals in New York, Millions Being Spent on Staff As Oppose to Patients

A number of alarming issues surrounding New York State hospitals have recently made headlines. While activists, victims, and concerned citizens ban together to push for better quality healthcare, some non-profit doctors and execs are enjoying extravagant perks, like first class plane tickets, chauffeurs, and country club memberships.  “On picket lines, union workers have complained that -->

New Yorkers Rallying For Patient Safety

On May 6th cities across the State of New York held rallies calling for the passage of the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act. “The Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act (S.782/A.8580-A) is a bipartisan bill in the State Legislature with wide support that calls on hospitals to maintain a responsible number of nurses to -->

The Cause of E. Coli Outbreaks at Chipotle Still a Mystery

The Center for Disease Control released a statement summarizing their investigation into the cause of the Chipotle Outbreak that sickened 60 people in 14 states was inconclusive. There were no deaths associated with the outbreak but 22 of the victims were hospitalized.  Chipotle responded to the disastrous situation by implementing new safety protocols to reduce -->

New York Couple Receives Major Settlement in Surgical Negligence Case

An Ulster County family was recently awarded 1.75 million dollars in compensation in a surgical negligence law suit. The victim in this case suffered complications after a scheduled muscle repair surgery. The damage caused during the initial surgery resulted in a series of corrective surgeries.  The suit alleged hospital personnel failed to meet the required -->

FDA Exploring Possible Implications of Caffeine Laced Foods

FoodSafetyNews.com recently published an article highlighting the FDA’s inquiry into a peanut butter product manufactured by “STEEM,” a Greenfield, MA company. You’ll fine many of the expected peanut butter ingredients in “STEEM” with an exception: green coffee extract. Each serving packs as much caffeine as up to two cups of coffee.  According to the company -->

The Effects of Kernicterus

Kernicterus is an uncommon type of brain damage which occurs in newborns who have not been diagnosed with or received proper treatment for Jaundice (a build up of the chemical bilirubin in a newborns blood.)  Jaundice is common amongst newborns. Luckily treatment is often effective and noninvasive. Its only when symptoms are missed, or misdiagnosed -->

Recent News Regarding Inferior Venous Cava Filters (IVC’s). What You Should Know

Since 2005, the FDA has received over 900 adverse event reports involving IVC filters.  Some of these events led to adverse clinical outcomes in the patients in which they were implanted What is an IVC filter:An IVC is an inferior vena cava filter.  It is a small filter like device that is inserted into the -->

FDA Warning: Painkillers May Increase Chances of Heart Attack/Stroke

The Food and Drug Administration is urging consumers to think carefully about taking painkillers, like ibuprofen, since recent studies link the drugs to an increased risk of heart disease or stroke. Eric Pahon, FDA spokesman, told NBC News “They used to say they might cause risk of heart attack or stroke. Now we are saying they do -->